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Keith York Named Middle School Principal of the Year

by Susie Ellison | May 10, 2017


Opelika, Ala:  Keith York, principal of Opelika Middle School in the Opelika City School System, has been named 2017-2018 Alabama Middle School Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP). 

York has 25 years of experience in the field of education with 16 of those years in administration.  Since 2011, York has led Opelika Middle School as its principal.  Previously, he served as an assistant principal at Opelika Middle School. 

Principal York works collaboratively with all stakeholders to determine programs and procedures that will be most effective in the classroom. 

Through his efforts, Opelika Middle School implemented the Be Nice initiative to develop positive character and behavior among students. Through advisory periods, all staff members are assigned to small groups of students and use this time to discuss positive character, build rapport, and guide students’ academic needs. This initiative has created a culture of respect and tolerance along with a safe learning environment, thus leading to the 2016-2017 Alabama Safe School Award.

Also a Skills/Enrichment period was created to ensure students are provided instructional opportunities to be successful. This unique learning opportunity involves every teacher on staff and provides reading and math enrichment as well as mini project-based learning groups. This program has fostered students’ growth of 21st Century learning skills and resulted in yearly increased proficiency results on the ACT Aspire.

“Congratulations to Keith York on his selection as Alabama’s Middle School Principal of the Year,” states Dr. L. Earl Franks, CAE, AASSP executive director.  “His accomplishments as a school principal are well documented and worthy of this state-wide recognition. His tireless and highly successful efforts on behalf of the students he serves have not gone unnoticed.  We are excited to have Mr. York as Alabama Middle School Principal of the Year.”

The Alabama Middle School Principal of the Year Award is sponsored by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals. York will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon during the CLAS Convention on June 13, 2017, at the Mobile Convention Center.  The CLAS Annual Summer Convention is the largest gathering of school leaders in the state of Alabama. He will also be recognized at the AASSP/AAMSP Fall Conference in November 2017.

The Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals is an affiliate association of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS).  CLAS is an umbrella association that serves ten different affiliates comprised of Alabama’s public school administrators.  CLAS is dedicated to providing the framework to connect dedicated school administrators and other successful leaders with a network for professional growth and support.  For more information, visit

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