Vickers accepts Saraland position

Published 9:42 pm Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Saraland Board of Education met Tuesday night to accept a contract offer signed Demopolis’ Dr. L. Wayne Vickers, essentially ending his two years as the city’s superintendent of education.

Vickers, reached via phone Tuesday night said he has yet to tender his letter of resignation to the Demopolis Board of Education, but expects to some time today.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” he said of the project that awaits him at Saraland, “but in the same breath, the Demopolis System has been very good to me.”

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Vickers, who in only two years at the helm of the city schools saw it gain international notoriety, said he looked forward to seeing the future successes of the school system.

“We’ve accomplished some great things and the process for even more great things is in place here,” he said. “I have every faith in this system and the Board that great things will continue to happen here.”

Vickers’ contract at Saraland is for four years and has an annual value of $132,000 with no allowances or bonus incentives. The Mobile County city school system has offered to reimburse Vickers for 90 days moving expenses or until the sale of his home in Demopolis.

Vickers contract is dated to begin July 15 and he said he would offer to work up until that date in his letter of resignation.

Saraland Board Attorney Bob Campbell said one of the tallest orders facing Vickers will be establishing a curriculum for the school’s inaugural tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade classes.

Up until the 2009 school year, Saraland students attended Satsuma High School, which is in the Mobile County System.