Autauga County Board of Education (ACBOE) Superintendent Tim Tidmore has announced his retirement from the position, taking the position of assistant superintendent effective immediately.

ACBOE members unanimously named former Lowndes County Schools Superintendent Dr. Daniel Boyd as the district's new interim leader.

"This district is overflowing with passionate faculty, staff, and administrators," Tidmore said. "It's been my distinct honor to serve alongside these dedicated professionals. As one of the lower-funded districts in our state, I've been amazed at their ability to create thriving classrooms and schools with little more than tenacity, ingenuity, and teamwork. I know they will continue to build on our improvements in the last few years, and I look forward to reading about all the accomplishments while spending time with my children and grandchildren."

The ACBOE has been the center of several controversies in recent months.

In February, 1819 News revealed a Prattville High School (PHS) teacher issued a graded assignment to her students asking them to identify their gender, sex, sexual orientation, body size, religious affiliation and more.

1819 News reported that PHS parents were not notified after a student allegedly performed a lewd sexual act on himself during class in February.

One student was also caught with a gun at Prattville Junior High School on February 2.

Following the assignment, parents flocked to the next ACBOE meeting, which board member Kim Crockett said was the largest attendance in the board's history.

In mid-February, police called off a scheduled K-9 police search of PHS after a "miscommunication" between PHS principal Daniel Farris and law enforcement, according to Elmore Autauga News.

Autauga County parents attempted to address the board multiple times in the following weeks but felt their voices were being silenced.

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