Sturdivant leaves big shoes to fill on Alexander City school board

Our local school boards are important pieces of the community. The fate of our schools is very much in the hands of our school boards, as they make many important decisions. Board members are people who have been entrusted with governing schools. The role of our school boards is ensuring school districts are responsive to […]

Our local school boards are important pieces of the community. The fate of our schools is very much in the hands of our school boards, as they make many important decisions.

Board members are people who have been entrusted with governing schools. The role of our school boards is ensuring school districts are responsive to the values, beliefs and priorities of their communities.

Alexander City Board of Education member David Sturdivant recently announced he will be leaving the school board at the end of his term in May.

Sturdivant has served two terms on the board, which equates to 10 years, and has grown to be a strong leader in the community.

“I don’t like to think of what I’ve done for the board,” Sturdivant said. “I like to think that throughout my tenure the board (members have) had a good relationship with each other, which I think is very important, both having a good relationship with the superintendent but also with fellow board members.”

Sturdivant said even though he will no longer be on the board, he will still be involved in the school system by being an active community leader. Sturdivant said he’s leaving the school board in a good place financially and education wise.

It is hard to lose someone who has been so essential to the board, and we congratulate Sturdivant on his new beginnings and are glad he is doing what is best for him.

“I think that 10 years down the road, his impact will still be there because he’s an active board member,” superintendent Dr. Keith Lankford said. “He loves Alexander City schools. He loves his community. He served in a time when his children were in our school system. So his financial knowledge, his business knowledge and his general care for his community — I think that is exhibited in every board meeting and every discussion and how he is a positive cheerleader for our school system.”

It is our hope the person to fill Sturdivant’s big shoes is someone who loves Alex City, believes in helping the school system prosper and has the determination to help the city schools grow.

The future of our kids and our city schools depends on it.

The school board has opened up applications for the seat. Anyone interested in applying can visit www.alexandercityal.gov/bc/page/board-education-vacancy. Applications are due March 25 and must be turned in to the city clerk’s office at 4 Court Square. See qualifications and more online or in The Outlook’s story on Page 1 today.