Trussville City Schools Board of Education
Names Dr. Pattie Neill as Superintendent
Trussville, AL (November 5, 2012) – Trussville City Schools Board of Education today voted unanimously to name Dr. Pattie Neill as Superintendent of the city’s school system. Dr. Neill has served as Interim Superintendent since July 30, 2012.
Bill Roberts, President of the Trussville City Schools Board of Education, commented, “We are very excited that Dr. Neill has agreed to serve as Superintendent for our school system. She is highly regarded in the education community and she has been an outstanding Interim Superintendent. In a brief time, she has earned the trust, confidence and support of our teachers, administrators and students. Her enthusiasm for her work is contagious, and she has set a positive tone as the leader of our school system”.
Roberts continued, “Among her many accomplishments as Interim Superintendent, Dr. Neill filled critical open positions with high caliber people, established a cutting- edge Alternative Learning Center, addressed textbook requirements for our math program and presented a comprehensive plan for a potential new elementary school. Also, she has directed and implemented initiatives designed to improve the ACT scores of our high school students. She has worked closely with the principals of each school in our system to support their programs and goals. Along the way, she has drawn praises from many parents, civic leaders and various groups that support our schools. She has proven to be a tremendous team- builder “.
Roberts said the Board had authorized him to finalize a contract with Dr. Neill, which he expected would be completed within the next few days. Key elements of the contract will be:
· -Dr. Neill will receive annual compensation of $170,000 and a car allowance of $600 per month
· - The initial contract will end on June 30, 2016
· -Beginning in 2015, on each December 1 preceding the contract termination date, the Board will provide notice if the contract will not be renewed; otherwise the contract will automatically extend for one year
· - Dr. Neill will reside within the city limits of Trussville no later than August 1, 2013
Dr. Neill, a Birmingham native, retired after serving 30 years in a variety of capacities with public school systems in the state of Tennessee. Since 2007, she has served as Assistant Professor Graduate Studies at Samford University, where she instructs elementary and secondary teachers and administrators who are earning Doctorate or Master’s degrees in education. She also regularly provides professional development training to superintendents, principals and teachers in connection with conferences, seminars and workshops conducted by the State of Alabama Department of Education and other organizations.
Dr. Neill earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University (1977), and Master of Science (1979) and Doctor of Education (1996) degrees from the University of Tennessee. She also holds a Supervisor/Administrator Certificate from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Neill served as Superintendent of Schools for the 7,400-student Cumberland County School District in Crossville, Tennessee. She has also served as Director of Special Education, Student Services and Alternative Programs in Oak Ridge, TN and as an elementary principal for 15 years in Anderson County, TN. She began her career as a Special Education Teacher (EMR, LD, ED, Gifted). She also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN.
Dr. Neill commented, “It has been my pleasure to serve as Interim Superintendent, and it will be a blessing to continue as the permanent Superintendent in Trussville City Schools. I am looking forward to working with the high caliber of caring professionals, the community, city officials and this outstanding Board of Education as we continue to move Trussville onward and upward to the next level of excellence”.
Roberts concluded, “We are excited about the future of Trussville City Schools under Dr. Neill’s leadership. Dr. Neill has a clear vision for 21st century education. We are confident our schools will continue to advance academically as we pursue our vision of having one of the nation’s top public school systems”.