Griffin gets new contract

Published 7:21 pm Friday, February 24, 2012

Dr. Al Griffin’s tenure on the Demopolis Board of Education will continue through at least the Spring of 2016.

The city’s board of education this week voted to extend Griffin’s original three-year contract an additional three years, carrying him through June 30, 2016.

“The main goal of Demopolis City School Board is to provide a quality education for all students in the Demopolis City School System,” board chairman Bobby Armstead said. “The Demopolis School Board feels that we have made positive accomplishments during the tenure of Dr. Griffin and we want to continue the momentum as well as stabilize the position of Demopolis City School Superintendent. Therefore, we extended the superintendent’s contract.”

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The new contract does not include any additional incentives or raises from the original and carries forward Griffin’s annual salary of $122,500. It will take effect June 15, 2013 upon the expiration of the original contract.

“The future looks bright,” Griffin said of the school district in his coming tenure. “I know we’ve been hit with heavy budget constraints but we’ve weathered the storm. I just hope and pray the upcoming budget is at least level to funding that we currently have.”

Griffin said he was appreciative of the opportunity to serve the school system, but said the contract extension was just as important to his family as it is for his career.

“I have a son in the eighth grade,” he said. “This contract assures that he will be an alumnus of Demopolis High School, and it is indeed an honor.”

The vote to extend Griffin’s contract passed four votes to one with Jim Stanford casting the lone “no” vote. Stanford declined to elaborate further on his vote.