Jones to be missed as board member

Published 6:40 am Thursday, January 12, 2012

Troy has lost a community native, a Board of Education member and a Board of Adjustments supernumerary with Al Jones’ move to Birmingham.

“I am very proud for him and this opportunity,” said Mayor Jimmy Lunsford. “But we are losing a very, very sharp young man.”

Jones moved for a promotion he received from Wells Fargo. His transfer came during his service in a five-year appointment to the Board of Education ending in 2015 and a Board of Adjustments appointment ending in 2014.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

Lunsford said he felt that much of Jones’ dedication to the city came from his mother, Gail, who retired as a city employee.

“I think her concern for the youth and the success of our young people is reflected in what her son, Al, has already accomplished,” Lunsford said.

Wanda Moultry, city council member for District 5, said her feelings are mixed about Jones’ departure.

“My thoughts and feelings are that of gratitude for his service, and sadness because he is leaving,” Moultry said. “But I am also happy for him because he is leaving for something he feels is better for him and his family.”

Now, Moultry will be tasked will filling Jones’ vacancy on the Board of Education.

“I am looking for some people in the district now to speak with. We need someone who cares about the school and the children, and who has time to dedicate,” Moultry said.

Roxie Kitchens, Board of Education president, said Jones’ move was a real loss for the community.

“Al was never afraid to ask the hard questions,” said Board of Education President Roxie Kitchens. “He would research issues and was not afraid to bring something up, even if he knew it would be unpopular.

I feel the community as a whole respected him because he wasn’t afraid to speak up for what he thought was the right decision for the students in Troy.”