KIMBERLY — Mortimer Jordan High School will have a new principal next year, but he’s well known to most students and parents there.
Craig Kanaday was appointed to the position during Thursday’s regular monthly session of the Jefferson County Board of Education. Kanaday is currently the principal at North Jefferson Middle School, whose students feed into Jordan.
“I’m humbled and I’m blessed, and I’m so excited for the opportunity,” Kanaday said.
The transfer officially takes place on July 1. “I’m anxiously awaiting that time, but I’ll finish out the school year here, and then I’ll take over in July,” he said.
Kanaday was promoted to from assistant principal to principal at North Jefferson three years ago. He came to the school from Jordan 10 years ago, where he was a teacher for six years. Overall, Kanaday has been with the county system for 17 years.
Kanaday will replace Barbara Snider, who is retiring after six years at the school and 41 years overall in the JefCoEd system. She spent 25 years as a coach at Erwin High (now Center Point), where she coached teams in tennis, gymnastics and bowling. Snider was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
“It’s a great fit and I think he’ll do a wonderful job. My faculty is very glad to hear about this [appointment],” Snider said.
Kanaday is one of two new high school principals appointed by JefCoEd on Thursday. Brent Shaw was named to the open position at McAdory.