MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Several major personnel actions were approved by the Madison City Board of Education Thursday night, including the hiring of an assistant superintendent.
Robby Parker, a 26-year-veteran educator in Madison schools – mostly in school administration – was named assistant superintendent for Madison City Schools. In other action, the Board approved the hiring of a Montgomery principal as assistant principal for James Clemens High School.
Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler welcomed the new partnership Thursday night with this tweet:
Parker has been principal at Bob Jones High School since 2005. Prior to that, he was principal for Discovery Middle School for three years, assistant principal at BJHS for two years, and a teacher and coach at BJHS for 11 years when it was part of the Madison County School System. He served on numerous planning committees when James Clemens High School was being formed and also when Madison City separated from the County Board of Education 17 years ago.
Parker said he loves all of Madison because it is where he and his wife chose to raise their family. He looks forward to assuming a role that impacts every child in Madison and one that enables him to continue the excellence that the school district has achieved.
“I never had a desire to move to a Central Office job or to another school. But the assistant superintendent position was one I coveted for this reason: It gives me an opportunity to be part of every child’s life in Madison once again, the way it was prior to the split with James Clemens which was absolutely necessary,” he said.
Parker, 51, becomes the first assistant superintendent for Madison City Schools since Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler served in that capacity under Superintendent Dr. Henry Clark. Dr. Fowler has worked without an assistant superintendent since succeeding Dr. Clark in 2007. Since that time, the district has swelled by thousands of students to nearly 10,000 students today.
Parker and his wife, Anita, have been married 27 years and have two children He has numerous accolades, including being named 2014 Alabama PTA Principal of the Year and a recipient of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s “Make a Difference Award” in 2014. He holds a B.S. of Science in Education from Samford University, a Master’s in Administration from the University of North Alabama, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama’s Superintendent’s Academy in 2011.
Rocky Smith, principal at Park Crossing High School in Montgomery, is the new assistant principal at James Clemens. He replaces Jon Hodges, who has retired. Mr. Smith was also assistant principal at Montgomery’s Booker T Washington Magnet School after serving several years as technology coordinator, teacher and athletic director for the LAMP High School in Montgomery.