Dr. Philip Cleveland to address Chamber luncheon June 29



Dr. Philip Cleveland, interim State Superintendent of Education, (pictured at right) will be the guest speaker at the Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, June 29. It will be held at noon at the World Outreach Center.

Cleveland was appointed to the job in April following the retirement of Tommy Bice a month earlier. Cleveland was appointed to a six-month term by the Alabama State Board of Education.

He has a distinguished history as an educator in Blount County, having served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal (twice) at J. B. Pennington High School and as director of the Blount County Career Technical Education Center. He has also served in subsequent positions in the Alabama Community College System and the state Department of Education.

Cleveland told The Blount Countian he will talk to the group about public education in general, highlighting the six indicators of college and career readiness. Also on his mind are four areas of educational endeavor he is working to improve: the Alabama Reading Initiative, the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology (AMSTI) initiative, regional in-service centers designed to improve continuing education for teachers, and the department of education itself to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

He will allow time for questions and answers, he said.

The luncheon is sponsored by the law firm Brunson, Barnett, & Sherrer, a Chamber Signature Partner.