• 81°
franklin county times

City system bids farewell to class act

By Staff
Superintendent Dr. Wayne Ray officially announced his retirement yesterday during the Russellville City Schools board meeting.
Ray has totaled more than 43 years in the system as a teacher, coach, administrator, including the past eight years as superintendent.
The respect among the teachers, staff and administrators in the city school system was evident during the meeting, and Ray was described as a man of character and wisdom by his coworkers.
During his regular report, Ray took the time to thank everyone for their support instead of reviewing his career, which is filled with many achievements.
"They say there's a time for all seasons," Ray said. "I've been greatly blessed to work in a single system this entire time, and if I had to do it all over again, I would.
"I told the staff today that not many people have had the opportunity to work in one place, and I want to thank each and everyone of you because it has been a blessing for me."
Ray was named Superintendent of the Year by his fellow superintendents in 2007. Under his leadership, the city schools have posted improved graduation rates and test scores, generated more scholarship offers and decreased drop-out rates. The system was also the first in the state to have a 100 percent rate of highly-qualified faculty.
Despite holding a pressure-packed position, Ray is known for being accessible and friendly, and he is passionate about improving conditions for his students and employees.
Ray is a class act and his shoes will be difficult to fill in the coming months.

News

Phil Campbell swears in new councilman

Franklin County

Fall brings Pumpkin Palooza, NW-SCC trunk-or-treat event

Franklin County

Hodges festival promises food, fun, fireworks

Franklin County

Distinguished Through the Decades: 2008, Paige Palmer Thorne

Franklin County

Commission passes budget, shows support for two state amendments

Galleries

PHOTOS: Russellville Homecoming Court

Franklin County

PHOTOS: Tharptown Homecoming Court

Franklin County

NW-SCC public relations wins seven statewide awards

Franklin County

Phil Campbell City Council fills vacant seat

Features

Taste of Franklin: Flavors of fall

News

Red Bay celebrates Founders Day with plenty of entertainment for all

Franklin County

FCS bus driver faces arrest, termination

Franklin County

County seeks responses to broadband survey

Franklin County

NW-SCC reports highest fall enrollment since 2010 

Features

View from Crescent Moon Acres: How one New Jersey woman found her dream life in Phil Campbell

Franklin County

Franklin County 4-H rabbit project participants bring home awards

News

ADEM approves $348M for water, sewer projects

Franklin County

Extension warns: Harvest time means taking extra safety precautions

News

City approves line-of-credit bid from VSB for equipment purchases

News

Russellville Electric Board elects officers

News

RHS Marching Hundred hosts Northwest Alabama Classic

News

RCS BOE approves budget for FY-2023

Franklin County

FCS BOE passes budget

News

Red Bay plans annual Founders Day festival Sept. 24

x