Alex City BOE

The Alexander City Board of Education holds a special meeting Tuesday to hire personnel.

The Alexander City Board of Education met briefly Tuesday morning to approve personnel hires.

The board unanimously approved hiring Benjamin Russell math teacher Grady Blanks and assistant truancy officer Mike Keyes. Superintendent Dr. Keith Lankford said the school has been looking for a math teacher for three weeks.

“Where we are in the state and the nation right now math teachers are hard to come by,” Lankford said. 

Blanks is replacing John Holt, who stopped working at BRHS last week after getting hired for another job.

“We’re hoping to bring Mr. Blanks on board quickly,” Lankford said. “He’s currently employed within the Montgomery County School System.”

Keyes already works with the Tallapoosa County School System as a truancy officer.

“It will be a part-time contract that we’re going to have to assist us to do resident verification and truancy,” Lankford said. “(It’s) really good since he’s already in the county he knows a lot of the people associated with both.” 

The school system currently has openings for a speech pathologist and psychometrist. 

Lankford also updated the board on the continued search for a new high school location.

“As you guys are aware we’ll be driving around and traveling and looking at school sites and whatnot,” Lankford said. “We were acknowledged (Monday) night at the (Alexander City) City Council. I was very proud of that in regards to the way we’re handling this.”

Board members Kelly Waldrop and Kevin Speaks were not at the meeting.