Claire Dryden, formerly Cleburne County’s superintendent, began a new job Wednesday as an assistant administrator at the alternative school, officials said.

The Cleburne County Board of Education, excluding Board President Lonny Watson who was absent, voted in favor of the position change as part of an agreement made by a previous board.

“We have an alternative program for remediation and discipline and we have a policy that there has to be an administrator on site,” Superintendent Chad Young said by phone Wednesday. “Basically we found her a position in the system because it was a mid-year transition.”

In Dryden’s superintendent contract, board members agreed to maintain her tenure when she left as superintendent, she said in December. Dryden declined to speak on the change Wednesday.

Board member Tracy McMahan said by phone that the position at the alternative school was the only available position.

“We didn’t have anywhere else we could put her so that’s what we did,” McMahan said.

Dryden’s salary will be based on a pre-determined pay scale, said Athesia Davis, the school system’s payroll clerk.

“It’s hard to give an exact number because it depends on her experience,” Davis said.

Dryden said last month that she made about $94,000 as superintendent. According to the pay scale, the highest salary, about $64,500, is reserved for those with a doctoral degree and over 27 years experience. A superintendent’s salary is determined by the board.

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