Griffin to assume supt. post June 15

Published 11:42 am Monday, May 31, 2010

Dr. Al Griffin plans to waste no time in pursuing his goals for the Demopolis City School system as he officially begins his position as superintendent on June 15.

Griffin will attend the mandatory Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools in Mobile that following week, and will begin his first full day in the office on June 24.

As superintendent, Griffin’s goals for the summer include communicating with faculty to begin implementation of state-mandated goals.

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“I want to meet with faculty and develop quality rapport with them so we are all on the same page with goals and objectives for the year,” said Griffin.

Griffin stated four main goals for the upcoming academic year.

“The No. 1 goal is a clean, safe, drug-free school,” said Griffin. “No. 2 is offering friendly and courteous service with a customer focus. No. 3 is academic accountability, and No. 4 is fiscal responsibility.”

The strategy for attaining these goals includes developing a plan to implement the state-mandated Response To Intervention (RTI), a 12-step model that emphasizes sustaining student achievement through school transformation.

“We want to outline the different academic procedures we would like to implement,” said Griffin. “RTI has been planned, but there has been no intervention yet.”

The community will have the opportunity to welcome Griffin at a meet-and-greet session soon after his arrival. The date and time for the session have not been set, but Griffin looks forward to meeting with community members and becoming a citizen of Demopolis.

“My family will be moving around June 12, and we will be full-time citizens by the 24th,” Griffin said. “We are proud to be here.”