At last week's Roanoke City Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Chuck Marcum chaired his last meeting as superintendent.
Marcum will taking a job with the Alabama State Board of Education in the next week. Marcum closed the meeting by telling the board, "This is my last superintendent's report, and I want to end it with by saying thank you for allowing me to serve as superintendent of this outstanding system for almost 18 years. I have been blessed to work with outstanding board members throughout my 18 years, including the five of you. I am praying for you as you go about the important work of finding our next superintendent. I know you will make a great selection. I want to thank the board members in 2004 - President Rev. Calvin Trammell, Vice President Mrs. Bonnie Sue Knight, Mrs. Myria Armitage, the late Mrs. Earlene Stevenson and Mr. Don Strength - for taking a chance on a 37-year-old who had only been principal at Handley High School for 3 1/2 years. In addition to these five, I want to thank Mr. Timothy Foster, the late Mrs. Marianne Jordan, Mr. Tim Hall, Pastor Steve Baccus, Mrs. Penny Bradshaw and Mrs. Lisa Reed.
"By working together over the past almost 18 years, we have completed over $25 million dollars in capital improvements, have excelled in academics and athletics, and created fine arts opportunities for students that previously did not exist. This was accomplished in a system where over 50 percent of our students qualify for free lunch due to poverty. I will note that despite these financial challenges, we presently have over a three-month cash reserve on hand and project to having a 3.5 reserve at the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The reason for our success includes superb school board members, excellent Roanoke City Schools employees, strong support from parents and the community, and most of all, outstanding students. It has been a blessing for me to have a front-row seat over the past 18 years to watch our system enjoy success. I want to thank everyone in the 'Handley Family' who helps to make RCS special. Once again thanks for your support and always doing what is best for our students. I believe RCS' best days lie ahead. Always remember 'It's a great day to be a Handley Tiger!"