Piedmont school personnel changes to help advance technology initiative, superintendent says
by Laura Gaddy
lbjohnson@annistonstar.com
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Adam Clemons, a Georgia educator with Alabama roots, will take the helm this fall at Piedmont High School. (Anniston Star photo by Laura Gaddy)
Adam Clemons, a Georgia educator with Alabama roots, will take the helm this fall at Piedmont High School. (Anniston Star photo by Laura Gaddy)
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PIEDMONT — Two Piedmont city schools will have new principals at the start of the academic year.

At a Tuesday meeting the Piedmont Board of Education transferred Piedmont High School Principal Jerry Snow to lead the middle school next fall. At the same time, the board hired Adam Clemons, a Georgia educator with Alabama roots, to take the helm at the high school.

Superintendent Matt Akin said the moves will help Piedmont progress with its technology initiative, which has allowed administrators to issue each student in grades four through 12 a laptop computer.

Snow’s goal at the middle school will be to further infuse technology into the school day to help children learn at their own pace.

“As I look at the school system as a whole, the focus as we move forward, especially at the middle school, is on individualized learning,” Akin said. “He will be a very vital component as to what the plans are at the middle school going forward.”

Clemons said his focus will be to make sure students who graduate Piedmont High School are ready for the next step.

“Kids need to be ready for a career, or kids need to be ready for college,” Clemons said.

Akin said the challenge of preparing students for that next step is changing because technology is changing. He added that educators today have to be willing to learn new techniques in order to achieve that goal, which he described as a “moving target.”

Clemons said he was drawn to Piedmont because of the school system’s technology initiative.

“The technological advancement we are seeing here at Piedmont is meeting the needs of the kids,” Clemons said.

Akin said he recommended Clemons for the job because of his views on technology and education.

“His philosophy about school and education aligned directly with our philosophy,” Akin said.

Clemons attended the meeting with his wife, Patty Clemons. Together the couple has four children, two of whom are school-aged.

A native of New Market in Madison County, Clemons and his family have spent the past 12 years in Rome, Ga. There he worked as a teacher and an administrator.

Also at the meeting, Akin said 500 MacBook computers formerly used by students would be up for public bid inside the Piedmont Elementary School cafeteria Monday at 9 a.m. The cafeteria will be open before 9 a.m. for shoppers to look at the devices.

The computers will be divided into four groups according to their condition — most are in good shape, Akin said. School officials said they hope students buy the computers, but added that corporate buyers will have the option of purchasing all of the computers.

“A lot of students have expressed an interest,” Akin said.

The bid process is being done in accordance with the state bid law, Akin said.

Staff writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LJohnson_Star.

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