Rita Pilling was approved as assistant superintendent of the Jasper City Board of Education at a meeting last night.
Pilling has been serving as the Jasper City Schools director of accountability programs for a number of years. She will still assume the duties of that role in her new position as assistant superintendent.
"To be selected as assistant superintendent for the Jasper City school system is not only an honor, but it also energizes me," Pilling said. "I'm honored that the board has exhibited a level of confidence in my ability to help continue to move our school system forward."
Pilling said she has been with Jasper City Schools since 1981 — 40 years.
"I started my career at T.R. Simmons Elementary School as a classroom teacher and then became the first elementary school counselor. I have also served as an assistant principal, a principal, and a director at the central office," she said. "Dr. Jackson is an extraordinary leader, and I look forward to serving under her in this role. I am committed to doing my part at moving our school system forward, with the goal of helping every child succeed."
Superintendent Dr. Ann Jackson said she looks forward to working alongside Pilling as she assumes the assistant superintendent role, which was effective as of Tuesday, March 16.
"She has dedicated her entire 40-year career and life's work to Jasper City Schools," Jackson said of Pilling. "I have been blessed to have her assist me over the past several years and assistant superintendent is a fitting title to what she provides our system. Mrs. Pilling is one of the hardest working individuals that I've ever had the pleasure to work with. She is and will always be an advocate for students."
In other business, the school board:
• approved the 2021-2022 school year calendar.
Students will return to school on Wednesday, Aug. 11.
School holidays will include Labor Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Day and Presidents' Day.
Other holidays will include Thanksgiving from Nov. 24-26; Christmas/New Year's from Dec. 20, 2021-Jan. 3, 2022; and Spring Break from March 21-25, 2022.
Distance learning days have been worked into the schedule on Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 22, and Nov. 23, 2021, and on Feb. 2, March 2, April 6, and May 4, 2022. Students will also have a half-day on Sept. 24 for homecoming.
Graduation will be on May 26, 2022.
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