Sylacauga Superintendent Dr. Todd Freeman was announced Wednesday as the next superintendent of the Vestavia Hills school system.

It was a unanimous decision. The reason was obvious. He’s a class act.

Freeman has been Sylacauga’s superintendent since July 2013.

Prior to that, he was principal for three years at Auburn High School, spent seven years as executive director of operations and administrative services with Auburn City Schools, and was a teacher for 10 years in the Auburn system.

Freeman holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Valdosta State University, a master’s degree from Auburn University and a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University.

But it’s his intangibles that set him apart. He’s a genuine man of faith. He’s a true professional. He invests in his community. He cares about children. And he continues to be a student of his own craft.

While Freeman’s departure is unfortunate for Sylacauga City Schools, it should not have been unexpected. Men of his ability, demeanor, passion and character will always be in high demand. If not Vestavia Hills, sooner or later, there would have been an opportunity too good to refuse. This career move for Freeman is well-deserved and should  be met not with contempt but with congratulations.

Freeman’s last day at Sylacauga and his first day at Vestavia Hills have not been determined, but the Aggies are in good shape going forward.

The school system has traditionally done an exceptional job of attracting bright, talented up-and-comers when hiring its top educator. Among its previous selections is Joe Morton, who, after serving 17 years as Sylacauga’s superintendent, went on to become state superintendent.

“The Sylacauga board has true leaders in every sense,” Freeman said in a report by The Daily Home’s Laci Braswell, “and I know they will continue to carry the torch for the schools and the community.”

Class act all the way.