ASHVILLE – Mike Howard was named the new principal at St. Clair County High School in Odenville during a called St. Clair County Board of Education meeting April 23. He replaces Brian Terry who retired after serving 11 years.

Howard, 40, served the past two years as assistant principal at Oak Mountain High. He and his family live in Margaret, and, at one point, he coached at Ashville High.

“It feels great to be back,” he said. “My kids go to school here, and we have lived in the community for 14 years. I’m very excited and I look forward to the opportunity to work with the people in the community, students and faculty. I want to move things forward in a new direction. I appreciate the vote of confidence by the board. I want to help lead St. Clair to provide the best educational experience possible for our students.”

His wife, Melanie, is a special education teacher at Clay-Chalkville High. They have two children: a son, Logan, 11; and a daughter, Ava, 9. Both are students at Margaret Elementary.

Howard attended Benjamin Russell High School and graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree and from UAB with his master’s degree. He will be starting his Ed.S this summer.

Board President Scott Suttle said SCCHS is a beautiful school that has come a long way.

“We just needed someone to come in here, take things and run with it,” he said. “We’re excited.”

Board member Allison Gray welcomed Howard to SCCHS.

“I’ve known him for a few years,” she said. “People have always said nice things about him, especially former students. They have all praised his direction in their lives. I’m looking forward to what you are going to do at SCCHS.”

Board member John DeGaris said they need and expect great things at SCCHS.

“We are going to back you all we can,” he said. “If we fail on that, you need to tell us.”

BOE member Angie Cobb said she was excited to have Howard come in at SCCHS.

“My son is a product of SCCHS,” she said. “He had a wonderful education there and a great experience. It is a fantastic school.”

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