Orr announces re-election bid for Cullman City School Board, Place 1

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Joey Orr

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman City School Board President Joey Orr on Monday announced she is seeking a second term for Cullman City School Board, Place 1. All seats on the board are up for re-election in the Aug. 25, 2020 municipal election.

Orr is completing her first four years as a board member and said she is looking forward to continuing to serve the students and employees of Cullman City Schools, as well as the citizens of Cullman City.

Below is Orr’s announcement:

While serving CCS over the past four years, Orr has taken multiple opportunities to grow in her leadership position in order to be a hands-on and informed board member. She currently serves as the Head Start Policy Council Liaison, Alabama Pre-K Board Liaison, Cullman City Schools Foundation Board Representative, Kindergarten Readiness Team, CCS Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, District Policy Revision Team, Code of Conduct Revision Team, and the Board of Education President. Also, she has had the prestigious honor of serving at the state level with the Alabama Association of School Boards on the Board Training Advisory Committee. 

Mrs. Orr believes in being a lifelong learner who can adapt to challenges in the most informed, intentional manner. “Everyone, at all stages of life, should continue to learn and attain knowledge. I want to use that knowledge and experience to continue the mission of CCS. To do this, I must continue to be a student myself by learning from others as well as my past failures and successes.”

Throughout her term as a member of the CCS Board, Joey has completed 109 hours of training under the guidance of the Alabama Association of School Boards. These trainings include such topics as “Leadership in Financial Accountability,” “Understanding Dyslexia,” “Best Practices in School-Based Mental Health,” and “Leadership for Developing a Highly Effective Staff.” Joey also committed to and completed the year-long Cullman Leadership Development Program sponsored by the Cullman Chamber of Commerce.

Through Mrs. Orr’s trainings and communication with other board members across the state and nation, Mrs. Orr was able to bring back and implement the ideas of the FAB PAC Team (a team of community members who helped to access the building and facilities needs of Cullman City Schools), as well as the Cullman Kids’ Summer Showcase (a showcase of all the activities available for kids in and around Cullman City throughout the summer months). Mrs. Orr is constantly looking for new and innovative ideas that create a better learning and working environment for Cullman City Schools.

Mrs. Orr is the Family and Children’s Minister at Grace Chapel. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a master’s degree in School Leadership and Administration. She is the wife of Richard Orr and the proud mother of Macey (sophomore at The University of North Alabama), Jaden (senior at Cullman High School), and Avery (freshman at Cullman High School).

Orr said, “It is an honor to serve in this position, and I would truly appreciate your vote in the upcoming Cullman City School Board elections. We are in a very unique situation in our world and our schools right now. I look forward to working with our administration and teachers to meet the needs of our students during these uncertain times.”