Dekalb County Bd of Ed Places Dr. Richard Ruthledge As Principal at Plainview

Rainsville, Al. – The Dekalb County Board of Education, with the recommendation of Dekalb County Superintendent Jason Barnett, approved Dr. Richard Ruthledge as the new head principal at Plainview High School. Dr. Ruthledge, assistant principal at Crossville High School, will transfer to Plainview for a two-year probationary contract. This contract will be in effect from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021. The Plainview High School principal position has been vacant for several months, after former principal Tony Richards retired.

In other business, the board approved early graduation for the following students: Crystal Briggs, Collinsville High School, and Anna Edmondson, Lilliona Morales, and Zoe Jones all of Crossville High School.

Accepted the following bids:

  • CNP – Double Stack Steamer for Collinsville High School – Hawk, Inc. $13,961.22
  • CNP – Holding Cabinet for Collinsville High School – BRESCO $4,596.00
  • Re-roofing projects at multiple schools – Willoughby Roofing and Sheet Metal $179,415.00



  • Bruce Shores – Maintenance Worker, Facilities
  • Ardell Baugh – Transportation Mechanic, Bus Garage


  • Thomas Henderson – Custodian, Ruhama Jr. High School
  • Perla Crump – Itinerant Transliterator, System
  • Jonathan Cole – Custodian, Crossville Elementary School
  • Steve Farmer – Bus Driver, Crossville High School

Leave of Absence:

  • Terry White – Bus Mechanic, Bus Garage (6/27/19 – 1/10/20, extended from 12/19/19)
  • Christy Cooper – Secondary English Language Arts Teacher, Plainview High School (10/3/19 – 5/27/20, intermittent)


  • Tara Kirby – Teacher at Henagar Jr. High School to Itinerant Parent & Family Engagement Specialist, System
  • Kelly Bunch – Custodian at Henagar Jr. High School to courier 10 months, Facilities Building
  • Susan Shankles – Custodian at Plainview High School to CNP worker at Plainview High School
  • Dr. Richard Ruthledge – Assistant Principal at Crossville High School to Principal at Plainview High School, on a 2 year probationary contract. January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021


  • Amelia Parker – Pre-K Teacher, Crossville Middle School


  • Emily Higdon – Itinerant School Social Worker – System
  • Crystal Emerson – 4 hour store worker, Ider High School
  • Desiree Henderson – Pre-K Auxiliary, Ruhama Jr. High