Ann Jackson named as new superintendent

Friday, July 18, 2014

After much thought and careful consideration, the Jasper City Schools System has a new superintendent.

Board members announced Ann Jackson, current principal at Memorial Park Elementary School, as the district’s new leader. Jackson competed against James W. Stevens, who is the headmaster of the private school Crisp Academy in Cordele, Georgia, and Philip Westbrook, a former assistant superintendent for the city school system and currently an associate professor at the University of Alabama, for the coveted position.

Although board members said the decision was a tough one to make, they voted 4-1 in favor of Jackson filling the vacant position. Board chairwoman Rene Simmons cast the lone vote for Westbrook.

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