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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), domestic violence isn’t just someone hitting someone else. “Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systemic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.

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Commission approves 2019-2020 budget Friday, 11 October 2019 15:41

During public comments at the last Jackson County Commission meeting held on September 30, 2019,

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Council approves bids, paving Friday, 04 October 2019 18:45

Scottsboro City Council members voted to approve the budget for paving at the last council meeting held on September 23, 2019.

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Scottsboro High School Principal Brad Dudley recently announced his resignation effective January 2. 

His last day inside the school with students will be December 19. Dudley will begin a new career at Northeast Alabama Community College as the Director of Institutional Planning and Assessment and the SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison on January 3. Very different from his current role, which he’s served in since 2016. Dudley has been associated with Scottsboro High School for over 21 years.
Dudley graduated from Scottsboro High School in 1992. He then attended Northwest Shoals Community College, Northeast Alabama Community College, Athens State University, Jacksonville State University and the University of Alabama. Dudley taught 5th and 6th grades at Collins Intermediate School from 1998 until 2011. He served as Scottsboro High School’s Head Basketball Coach from 2003 through 2011, leading the team to 90 wins while playing in Class 5A Area 14 and Class 6A Area 12. He served as Assistant Principal at Scottsboro High School from 2011 until 2015 and as Athletic Director from 2011 until his resignation. Dudley began his career as Scottsboro High School’s Principal in 2015. The 2016 Seniors welcomed him into his new role by placing his “office” on the basketball court.  
Dudley is married to Farrah Dean Dudley. Together they have two daughters, Daylee and Darbi. Daylee is a Junior at Scottsboro High School and Darbi is a Freshman. He also serves as a Sunday School teacher and ordained Deacon at First Baptist Church in Scottsboro. For Dudley the decision didn’t come easy to leave his alma mater. He says that after being offered the job, he discussed the offered role with his wife, his best friend. Still with some doubt in his mind, he went to church on Sunday, where he taught a Sunday School class on the Book of Luke and having trust. He says that when he went into “big church” the same lesson was being taught. The lesson came from Luke Chapter 1 beginning in verse 26 when Mary was told she was pregnant.  Dudley says, “ If God can take a teenage girl and deliver the Savior of the world through her, then surely I can have the trust and faith to take another job and succeed.”  After a lot of prayer, he found peace with his decision. Dudley said that he notified the faculty on Monday, and it was hard.
Dudley looks forward to not being on call 24/7, allowing him more time to be a daddy and a husband. He stated that when he started the school year he felt great about it. “It just became apparent to me that over the last couple of months, I’m not doing the job that I need to be because I’m tired. Our kids deserve better. I started praying about it. I’ve learned, especially recently, that we really don’t control. At the end of the day, we don’t control anything. If we just submit, have faith and trust, even when it’s scary and not always comforting, we get peace. This is how I know it’s the right move,” stated Dudley.
Dudley says “It’s been the highlight of his professional career to serve my alma mater, an absolute blessing. I am so grateful to our staff and especially to our kids. It’s a blessing to be a part of it. It’s time to trust and to have faith”
Dudley spoke about Scottsboro City School Superintendent Dr. Reyes. He stated, “Jay  has been great to work for and with. I know that he supports me. He’s been a great friend and mentor for 30 years.  When he was a senior and I was a sophomore, I rode to Carter Gym with him, listening to music in his 8 track cassette tape adapter. I have full confidence in his role in our school system. I’m proud to have worked with him. As well as with our other Superintendent’s who I worked with.”
Scottsboro City School Superintendent Dr. Jay Reyes stated, “Mr. Dudley has been such as asset to our school system. He has for 30 years been a part of Scottsboro High School as a student-athlete, coach, assistant principal, and principal. His love for the Wildcat Nation runs deep and he will always be Black and Gold to the core. While he will be greatly missed, we fully support his decision to start a new chapter in his professional career and we look for him to continue to do great things in the field of education. I commend him for faithfully fulfilling the hardest position in a City School system, that being the role of High School principal. It is a 24 hour a day job and he dedicated his life over the past three and a half years to the students and teachers under his care. His people loved him and there is not a greater compliment that one can bestow on a school leader.”
Dudley contributes his success in teaching, coaching and administration to Cynthia Partridge, Barbara Harris, Deborah Keller, Ronda Duvall, Buddy Holt, Lisa Duncan, Kathy Hughes, Vic Griggs, as well as the office staff of Scottsboro High School and many others he has had the privilege of working with.  Dudley hopes the person who comes behind him has love and pride in Scottsboro High School. He hopes they always do the right thing for the good of the institution, not for himself, for one particular group or one teacher. He stated, “Scottsboro High School is special and it’s a great place.”

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