Tina Parris was introduced at the meeting as Calhoun County Schools’ new chief financial officer. Parris will replace Leslie Bollendorf, whose resignation takes effect Feb.1. Bollendorf accepted a position as the chief financial officer with the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.
Parris previously worked for the last three years as the chief financial officer for Talladega City Schools. Prior to that, she had worked in the Calhoun County Schools system for 13 years.
“This is like coming home,” Parris said Thursday, noting she has lived in Calhoun County for almost 30 years. “I love the area and I love the school system.”
Calhoun County Schools Superintendent Joe Dyar said Parris was hired to provide an easier transition for the school board.
“Tina is very familiar with the system,” Dyar said. “She’ll fill the shoes of Mrs. Bollendorf without skipping a beat.”
The board on Thursday also hired Scott Martin as head football coach for Ohatchee High School. Martin, a Baton Rouge native, has more than 20 years of high school head coaching experience in Louisiana and Alabama, including stints at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa and Calera High School, as well as coaching Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl team member Ed Reed while Reed was in high school at Destrehan High School in Louisiana.
Although 3A Ohatchee is a smaller school than Martin’s last jobs at the high school level, the new coach said he’s not concerned about the size.
“Once you get between the lines, it’s the same game,” Martin said. “I don’t care if you’re playing in front of 1,000 people or 10,000 people.”
Martin said his goal is to build a successful program at Ohatchee which hasn’t had a winning season in 11 years.
The board on Thursday decided not to renew the contract of White Plains High School head football coach Heath Harmon. Dyar said the board made the decision based on the recommendation of Principal Andy Ward. Ward did not attend the meeting, but Dyar said the principal thanked Harmon for his six-year tenure as head coach in his recommendation letter to the board.
Harmon will remain at White Plains as a language arts teacher, Dyar said.
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