In an effort to confront an expected tight budget year, superintendent Kurt Browning has reduced his administrative team by one position.
Tammy Berryhill, who was named an area superintendent in 2015 before moving into the assistant superintendent for high schools job a year later, is now helping Gulf Trace Elementary School prepare for the retirement of its first and only principal, Hope Schooler. Berryhill had been an elementary principal before moving to the district office.
Her experience in elementary schools, rather than middle or high schools, might have influenced the move. In a note to the School Board, deputy superintendent Ray Gadd explained that the senior staff overseeing schools came predominantly from an elementary background, making it the area to reduce.
"We had to make the difficult decision to move one," Gadd told the board, calling Berryhill's leadership skills "exceptional."
Others on the team with an elementary background include David Scanga, Kim Poe and Vanessa Hilton. Berryhill, who earns $96,000 a year, is neither the highest or lowest paid among them.
In his note to the board, Gadd added that the district had no other major administrative changes planned.
Berryhill could not be reached for comment.