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June 28, 2023

Athens City Schools congratulates Mrs. Karen Clem on her recent appointment to the Athens City Schools Board of Education! Mrs. Clem assumed her new role in the District 2 seat at the June 27 ACS Board of Education meeting. Learn more about Mrs. Clem and the ACS Board of Education at acs-k12.org/board. We are grateful to all of our ACS Board Members for their willingness to serve our students, schools, and community! 

Board members are appointed by the Athens City Council. The council has appointed these members in a way that corresponds to each council district in Athens. Your board members are:

  • Shannon Hutton, Vice President, residing in District 1
  • Karen Clem, Board Member, residing in District 2 
  • Anthony Townsend, Board Member, residing in District 3
  • Scott Henry, Board Member, residing in District 4
  • Beverly Malone, President, residing in District 5

August 8, 2022  

Athens City Schools congratulates Mr. Anthony Townsend on his recent appointment to the ACS Board of Education, representing District 3. Mr. Townsend replaces Mr. James Lucas, who was recently appointed to the Athens City Council. We are grateful for Mr. Townsend's willingness to serve our students, schools, and community! 

Board members are appointed by the Athens City Council. The council has appointed these members in a way that corresponds to each council district in Athens. Your board members are:

  • Shannon Hutton, residing in District 1
  • Jennifer Manville, Vice President, residing in District 2 
  • Anthony Townsend, residing in District 3
  • Scott Henry, residing in District 4
  • Beverly Malone, President, residing in District 5

June 27, 2022

Mr. James Lucas, Athens City Schools Board Member, has been appointed to the City of Athens District 3 Council Seat. Mr. Lucas, the longest-standing school board member in the state of Alabama, has served on the Athens City Schools Board of Education since 1995. During his tenure, Mr. Lucas has participated in over 400 school board meetings, where he has held the positions of President, Vice President and School Board Member. We are so incredibly grateful to Mr. Lucas for his time, talent, and dedication to our One Athens students, families and employees and wish him the best in his new role as District 3 Councilman!

Board members are appointed by the Athens City Council. The council has appointed these members in a way that corresponds to each council district in Athens. Your board members are:

  • Shannon Hutton, residing in District 1
  • Jennifer Manville, Vice President, residing in District 2 
  • District 3 Vacant
  • Scott Henry, residing in District 4
  • Beverly Malone, President, residing in District 5

May 12, 2021

The Athens City Schools Board of Education has moved from seven board members to five. I am writing to let you know why this change has occurred, how it was executed, and what it means for our school community going forward. 

In 1972, the Alabama Legislature passed a local law that increased the membership of the Athens City School Board from five to seven members. In the years since then, there were some changes to the general laws of the State that created the question of whether the old local law remained in effect.

Recently, to get an answer to that question, the Athens City Council requested an Attorney General opinion. On May 4, the Attorney General issued an opinion that the 1972 local law had been “impliedly repealed” and that the school board should return to five members. Since two at-large members were currently up for reappointment, the Athens City Council voted on May 10 to not appoint those two members, and to confirm that the board has five members. The two at-large members are Russell Johnson and Tim Green.

Russell Johnson was appointed to the ACS Board of Education in 2006. He was reappointed in 2011 and again in 2016. He served as President of the Board from 2011 until May of 2021. Mr. Green joined the board in 2011. Both men have served the students, teachers and families of our community with integrity, wisdom and compassion, often making difficult decisions while never losing sight of what matters most -- school and student success that makes a real difference for students and the greater community. I am grateful for their dedication to Athens City Schools over the years and look forward to their continued support in the years to come.

At the Athens City Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 11, board members elected Beverly Malone as President and Jennifer Manville as Vice President.

Board members are appointed by the Athens City Council. The council has appointed these members in a way that corresponds to each council district in Athens. Your board members are:

  • Shannon Hutton, residing in District 1
  • Jennifer Manville, Vice President, residing in District 2 
  • James Lucas, residing in District 3 
  • Scott Henry, residing in District 4
  • Beverly Malone, President, residing in District 5

These board members are committed to our schools and community, and will continue to serve students, teachers and families with the same mission and purpose as we work to empower all students for success.