Knox Elementary is one of four elementary schools in the Selma City School System that will have a new principal when school begins in August.  Tammy Mayor, who had been an administrative assistant at R.B. Hudson Middle School, has been named the new principal at Knox.   (File Photo | Times-Journal)
Knox Elementary is one of four elementary schools in the Selma City School System that will have a new principal when school begins in August. Tammy Mayor, who had been an administrative assistant at R.B. Hudson Middle School, has been named the new principal at Knox. (File Photo | Times-Journal)

Four elementary schools to see new leadership when school begins

Published 7:34pm Monday, June 16, 2014

Students heading off to school this fall might very well see a change in the principal they see welcoming them on the first day of classes.

A number of personnel changes have been made within the Selma City School System. Four of the system’s elementary schools will have a new principal, while Selma High School will gain a new assistant principal.

“We’re excited about all those administrators,” acting Selma Superintendent of Education Dr. Larry DiChiara said. “We think the combinations that we’ve put together and the quality that we’ve brought in is going to absolutely increase the standard of excellence in this district.”

Selma High principal Major Burrell will now take over as principal of the School of Discovery, replacing Jacqueline Walker who retired.

Burrell graduated from Demopolis High School and received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and education administration and supervision certification from Alabama State University.

DiChiara said Burrell’s leadership fits better with an elementary school.

“He will do a good job at the School of Discovery. He did a great job at Selma High,” DiChiara said before later continuing to praise his work.

Shayla McCray, a Selma native, who has worked in the Lowndes County School System has been named the new principal for Clark Elementary, replacing Aubrey Larkin, who was named principal at Selma High.

DiChiara’s confident McCray would be an excellent addition to the Selma City Schools administration.

“I’m aware that the State Department of Education was trying to hire her. I’m aware of the other school districts were trying to hire her,” DiChiara said. “We were fortunate to have her.”

R.B. Hudson administrative assistant Tammy Major replaces Adrienne Lee as principal at Knox Elementary. Lee will move over to Selma High School as a new assistant principal.

Lee graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree with elementary education from Alabama State University and a master’s degree in elementary education from Troy State University in Montgomery.

Julius Shanks, who has been the interim principal of Meadowview Elementary School, had the interim title removed and will now lead the school of approximately 250 students.

Shanks replaces former principal Jeanne Brust who left the school system for another job opportunity.

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