The Cullman County School Board has approved a new principal for Holly Pond High School and approved the sale of land in Vinemont to Jack’s Family restaurants during Thursday afternoon’s meeting.
Janet Turner, who is currently a teacher and vice-principal at Holly Pond High School, was allowed to take up her principal duties as of January 1.
Turner, a National Council-certified educator, holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Samford University. She also holds two masters. She has worked in education for 24 years, specializing in data, educational reform and facilitating the professional development of administrators at the State Department level.
During Thursday’s meeting, Turner thanked Cullman County School Principal Shane Barnette, Holly Pond School Board Representative Heath Allbright, and the rest of the board for the opportunity.
âI am excited about the projects I have, and I have the best teachers and the best students to work with,â she said. “I am truly touched by the support they have given me, from parents and the community, and I think you are going to see some exciting changes as I lead Holly Pond in her new direction.”
Barnette said he and the board were delighted to welcome Turner to his new role.
âShe has always done a great job and we can’t wait to see Holly Pond grow up,â he said.
Council also approved the sale of $ 230,000 of the undeveloped parcel of land at the south corner of US 31 and High School Road to Jack’s Family restaurants.
Barnette said the restaurant chain approached the board of directors to buy the property and its members believed the system and the community would benefit from the additional sales tax revenue and investment in the area.
The land is currently used for parking, but there are plans to increase parking in other areas of the Vinemont campus to make up for its loss, he said.
âWe think it will be good for the community,â Barnette said.
Tyler Hanes can be reached at 256-734-2131 ext. 238.