The Alexander City Board of Education has named Dr. Anthony Wilkinson to serve as the principal of Benjamin Russell High School.

Wilkinson comes to the system from Munford High School and has a 22 total years in education, serving 17 as a high school administrator, 15 of this as a high school principal.

“I feel like we have a great person who is very experienced,” said superintendent Dr. Darrell Cooper. “We look forward to great things at BRHS.”

Wilkinson and his wife were in attendance at the meeting.

“I would like to thank Dr. Cooper and the board for giving me this honor and privileged to be the next principal of BRHS,” Wilkinson said. “I would like to personally thank Dr. Cooper. His vision and personality attracted me to this position.”

Wilkinson has served as the as the principal at Clay County High School and Childersburg High School in addition to his most recent stint at Munford High.

He added that he looks forward to moving to this community.

“I accept the challenge to transform BRHS into the school we all know it can be.”

The board also:

– Recognized the BRHS golf team, BRHS girls tennis team, BRHS boys tennis team and the valedictorian, salutatorians and top-10 of the class of 2014.

– Heard an update from Ellen Martin on the status of the social studies textbook adoption. The board approved a list that had been formed from the state approved textbook list.

– Heard an update on the HIPPY Program from Barbara Thompson. Thompson announced that the system had secured a pre-K grant that will be the basis of the area’s first pre-k program. The system was awarded a $85,500 grant that will serve 18 students at the pre-k program, which will be housed at Jim Pearson. A lottery system will be used to determine which students will be allowed into the program.

– Approved the April 15 and May 8 minutes

– Approved the April 2014 financial report