GHS Griffin chosen for Demopolis role

Published 10:40 pm Monday, May 3, 2010

Goshen High School Principal Al Griffin will be finishing his last year locally, after accepting a superintendent job in Demopolis.

“I’ve been offered the position and will negotiate a contract before the end of the week to finalize the position,” Griffin said.

Griffin had his final interview for the superintendent seat of Demopolis City Schools Monday, where he was one of two finalists for the role.

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“This was an opportunity I absolutely could not turn my back on,” he said.

Griffin has served as principal at GHS for the last two years. Before that he was the director of the Troy-Pike Center for Technology, totaling six years in Pike County Schools.

County Superintendent Mark Bazzell views this as a good opportunity for the principal.

“It’s always good when one of our folks who’s been with us is thought well enough to be offered a superintendent position,” Bazzell said.

“We hate to see him go, but we understand that’s a great opportunity for him.”

Griffin said while he isn’t sure exactly when he will be leaving the school system, it will be a bittersweet move for him.

“There are people you grow to love, and I’m real attached to the students at GHS,” he said.

“I go to all their events, and that is something I’ll miss.”

Bazzell said the Board of Education will likely begin seeking applicants for the principal spot in mid-May.