In a brief meeting on the morning of May 21, the Fayetteville City Schools Board of Education made their decision on the new Director of Schools. The elected candidate is Bill W Hopkins Jr of Decatur, AL.
Having received his Educational Administer Certificate from the University of North Alabama,Hopkins has spent the past nine years as the superintendent of Morgan County Schools, a system composed of 16 schools, which saw a 93% overall graduation rate while under his purview. Prior to his time as a superintendent, Hopkins spent nine years as a principal, first at the Morgan County Learning Center and then at West Morgan High School. The first fifteen years of Hopkins’ career were spent as a teacher and football coach at West Morgan. He holds a Master of Education, Social Science.
The board spoke resoundingly of the difficulty in making this decision, not because of issues with Hopkins, but rather because of the lack of issues to be found with all eight of the candidates considered. Board member Mark Clark said that the decision was “not a no to anybody,” remarking on the immaculate host of candidates presented and expressing an appreciation for the unilateral quality of the board’s choices. This sentiment was echoed by the board as a whole, who frequently spoke kindly of all those considered. Clark went on to laud Hopkins further, expressing the belief that there is nothing in the job of Director of Schools that Hopkins hasn’t faced before.
Current Director of Schools Janine Wilson was present for the meeting, and expressed equal gratitude for the quality of the candidates and approval of the final decision. “It says a lot about what Dr. Wilson has done,” said Chairman Jeff Whitmore, referring to the board’s fortune in having had to choose between several extremely capable candidates. The board’s agreement with this sentiment appeared unanimous. As she technically retains her position until December 31, Wilson stated that she is going be available to assist Hopkins as he settles into the position this Fall.
The brief meeting concluded with only one more motion raised among the board – to proceed with contract negotiations with Hopkins. The motion was approved unanimously.
Upon learning of his appointment, Hopkins issued the following statement: “I am thrilled to accept the position of Director of Schools for Fayetteville City Schools. I am humbled to have been chosen, and eager to begin. I am excited about the future of the schools and building on the strong foundation laid by Dr. Wilson. The family atmosphere, the commitment to excellence, and an already strong staff led me to know this as a place of which I want to be a part. The students, faculty, and community will have an advocate in me, who will work hard every day to meet the needs of ALL the students in Fayetteville City. My family and I look forward to transitioning to the beautiful town of Fayetteville and Go Tigers!"