Andy Keith, Jimmy Lee Thomas hired as principals

The Talladega County Board of Education on Tuesday night named Andy Keith (left) and Jimmy Lee Thomas as principals at Lincoln High School and the Genesis Alternative Education Center, respectively.

TALLADEGA COUNTY -- The Talladega County Board of Education unanimously approved a slate of personnel items, including two new principals, during a meeting Tuesday evening.

Both new principals are familiar faces.

Dr. Jimmy Lee Thomas was promoted from assistant principal to principal at the Genesis Alternative Education Center, effective July 1. Thomas replaces Joann Duncan Swain.

Thomas previously worked as an assistant principal at B.B. Comer Elementary and High School, according to Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Lacey. Thomas is a Sylacauga native who earned his bachelor’s degree at Talladega College, his master’s at Jacksonville State University and his doctorate at Samford.

At Lincoln High School, former Principal Andy Keith was brought back to replace Evan Blair, again effective July 1. A Talladega native, Keith served as Lincoln principal from 2014-16, when he accepted a job as principal at the Alabama School for the Blind.

Keith graduated from Jacksonville State University and earned a master’s degree there as well.

According to information available at the time, during Keith’s initial tenure as Lincoln principal, the school won an Attorney General’s Safe Schools Award, state and national Green Ribbon awards, A+ College Ready award and was included in U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools list. Graduation rates and test scores also improved during his tenure.

“We’re glad to have him come back,” Lacey said.

Further coverage of Tuesday’s meeting will appear in a later edition of the Daily Home.