Joey Orr departs Cullman City School Board for Chamber of Commerce post

Joey Orr announced her resignation from her seat on the Cullman City School Board Tuesday morning and is accepting the position as President of the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce. L-R: Jason Neal, Chris Branham, Joey Orr, Cheryl Harrison, Amy Carter and Kyle Kallhoff. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. — With Cullman City School Board member Joey Orr taking over the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce as the group’s new president, she has announced she will be stepping away from her place on the school board as she takes on this new community role.

Orr has served on the Cullman City School Board for seven years, with her current term set to expire in 2025. Cullman City Schools Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff noted Orr has been a true asset to the district and will be missed as she moves on to the Chamber.

“She has helped the Cullman City School System navigate through change, growth and of course the pandemic,” he said. “She has brought an educator’s perspective to the table; she has been fair, and she viewed issues with an equitable lens. As a board, we are happy for her and her new position with the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce and look forward to working with her on projects that will benefit our schools and the City of Cullman.”

Orr said it has been both an honor and a privilege to serve Cullman City Schools these past seven years, adding she’s excited about the growth and progress made district-wide during her tenure.

“It has been a remarkable partnership between our City Council, School Board, our dedicated administration and staff, invested parents, and spectacular students,” she said. “Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve. I know I am leaving the board in very capable hands. I wish them all the best.”

As Orr’s exit leaves a vacancy on the board, the remaining school board will appoint a replacement by majority vote to serve out the remainder of her term through 2025. In compliance with Alabama state law, the board will vote on a replacement by the end of July 2023. Some criteria required to serve on the Cullman City Board of Education includes being at least 21 years of age and a current resident of the City of Cullman.