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City schools welcome new administrators

Published 7:49pm Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Alexander City School system has some new faces, as well as some old faces that will be taking on new roles.
The system recently welcomed two new administrators. Andrew Caves has been hired as the new principal of Radney Elementary School, and April Neese will serve as the assistant principal for Jim Pearson Elementary School.
“April has been in our system for several years now,” said Alexander City School superintendent Darrell Cooper.
Cooper said that for the last few years, Neese has served as a reading coach at Stephens Elementary School and has assisted with other school planning aspects.
“We are excited to have Neese on our administrative team in our district,” Cooper said. “We think she will bring a great job and will bring a lot of things to Jim Pearson in a lot of different ways.”
Caves hails from Madison County and will begin serving as principal of Radney elementary on July 8.
“He has been in administration for nine and a half years,” Cooper said. “He has served for the past six years as principal of New Hope Elementary School. He did a very good job there and is highly recommended to us. We are excited to have him joining our team.”
Cooper said Caves became interested in the area after traveling through Alexander City many times en route to Auburn football games.
“All of his administrative experience has been in elementary education,” Cooper said.
Caves began his career as a elementary education teacher as well.
Cooper said they received more than 90 applications in their quest to fill the open administrative positions.
The board of education also saw some changes, as they recently named a president and vice president. Board terms are five years, Cooper said, but the board chooses a president and vice president yearly.
“The board nominated Steve Robinson, who was serving as our vice president, to serve as president,” Cooper said. “Kelly Waldrop will serve as vice president.”
Michael Ransaw served as last year’s board president.
Cooper said the system still needs to replace an open assistant principal postion at BRHS, as Michael Goggans will be retiring.
“We are going to miss Goggans,” Cooper said.