Todd Haynie, Ph.D., current assistant superintendent for Boaz City Schools, was chosen to be the Pirates’ next superintendent Tuesday night.
The Boaz City Schools Board of Education held a special called meeting to announce its decision to hire Haynie, forgoing the interview process. Board President Jeff Roberts said the board had the right to skip interviews, and felt it was the best decision based on Haynie’s qualifications.
“During the past several years under our leadership of [current Boaz Superintendent Shannon Stanley, Ph.D.,] we have been implementing our strategic plan,” Roberts said. “When we hired Dr. Haynie as assistant superintendent, it was my hope that we were not only hiring a person to help Dr. Stanley implement that plan, but that we would also have in place a potential successor to Dr. Stanley, who would have experience working under her. He would also be familiar with our plan, be familiar with our goals and have an existing relationship with our students, employees and our community. After working with Dr. Haynie, I’m confident he is prepared to take the next step and lead our schools here at Boaz.”
Board member Chad Cofield also expressed his support for Haynie.
“I’ve known Todd when he first came here as a teacher,” Cofield said. “I think it is awesome that we’ve watched someone work his way up from coach, to teacher, to assistant superintendent and head of federal programs. I think we are going to be in a wonderful position going forward with this homegrown talent.”
Haynie was hired as the assistant superintendent and federal programs director in May of 2018. He has been heavily involved in the system’s future capital planning and also helped start the Pirates’ Success Center.
Before becoming assistant superintendent, he spent four years at Boaz Intermediate School, served four years as an assistant principal at Benjamin Russell High School and principal at William L. Radney School in Alexander City. From 2003 to 2007, Haynie worked as a Boaz Middle School history teacher and Boaz High School ACCESS facilitator.
“It is surreal,” Haynie said. “If you would’ve told me 10 years ago that I would be standing here tonight in this position, I probably would have laughed. I am so very blessed to be allowed the opportunity to serve this community in this capacity. I love this school system. I love the students of this school system and will work with all of our people in the district to create the best learning opportunities possible for them.”
Haynie said he looks forward to getting to work and seeing Boaz City Schools continue toward being the best school system in the state. Working under Stanley has been a helpful learning experience, and he said he intends to continue on the path she has started for the Pirates.
“Dr. Stanley is a phenomenal leader who is so talented,” Haynie said. “She is a servant leader who truly wants nothing more than the success of our students. From her knowledge of instruction all the way to how she organizes her day, I have grown as a school leader because of her influence. I am forever grateful to her for taking a chance on me and mentoring me at the district level. Boaz City Schools is fortunate to have had her as our superintendent.
“I believe the biggest thing for us as a district at this point is continuity,” he continued. “Dr. Stanley and all of our district leadership have done our outstanding job of implementing a vision for this system and all the hard work that goes along with that. I want us to continue to build on our positive momentum and continue to refine that vision. As with any organization, we will continue to look at ways to improve and grow and create the best opportunities for our students.”
Haynie, 42, is married to Brittany Haynie with three children: Briley Kate, Briggs and Brooks.
Haynie will succeed Stanley on Aug. 1. Stanley announced her decision to resign and retire due to personal reasons May 13.
In other business, the board:
• Approved the resignation of Mellony Tracey – 12-month counselor at Boaz High School, effective immediately.
• Approved the employment of Tina Lyles – 12-month counselor at Boaz High School, effective July 25.
• Approved 10 additional work days for Tina Lyles.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is set for Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the central office.