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Mrs. Kathleen Crandall
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Board Member
Phone: (678) 555-5555

Board of Education

The Southern Bay Board of Education is a seven-member policymaking body. Members are elected in April to serve staggered three-year terms in office.

Board of Education duties:


  • Establish policies for the Southern Bay School District
  • Approve and oversee the school district budget
  • Serve as good stewards of taxpayer funds, and levy taxes as needed
  • Hire and supervise the Superintendent of Schools
  • Establish board committees and vote on board executives
  • Lobbying lawmakers and advocating on behalf of the Southern Bay schools
  • Representing constituents, soliciting input on key decisions and listening to concerns and needs of the community

Board of Education meetings are held on Monday nights. Regular monthly meetings of the board are typically held on the last Monday of the month beginning at 6pm in the McDaniel's Auditorium in the Doyle Administration Building. See the board calendar for specific dates and times. Board meetings are streamed live on the internet. For additional information contact Bob Friendly, Secretary of the Board of Education.

While Dr. Blake T Bradley never earned a living as a classroom teacher, from his days as a history education major at Auburn University Montgomery, Mr. Bradley has been working to help children learn.

“I understand the importance of a good education as the foundation for being successful,” said Mr. Bradley. “It is more critical now than at any other point in our history. The competition is stiffer for jobs and our students are competing not just against others from Alabama, but from all over the world for the best opportunities.”

Mr. Bradley has been a successful businessman for many years as well as serving as the mayor of Union Springs, Alabama. But with each step, he has worked with young people to ensure they understand the importance of education. For the past two decades he has been involved with the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

“This is an incredible program that gives middle and high school students the opportunity to travel to other countries and see what life is like outside of America,” said Mr. Bradley. “These students come back with the experience of a lifetime and a new appreciation for their lives in the United States.”

As Union Springs’ mayor, Mr. Bradley worked with Tuskegee University and other groups to implement a very successful summer program for students. He is a district leader in the Lion’s Club and is very active with their work to help children who suffer from eye diseases. He is also a member of the board of the Southeastern Diabetes Education Association and their summer camp for children with diabetes.

“I am a product of Montgomery Public Schools and when the opportunity came to run for the school board, I felt this was where I needed to be. We need to help students understand the value of an education and ensure that our schools are providing the proper foundation so our young adults are prepared for life.”

For the past 32 years Dr. Kathleen Crandall has devoted her time to educating our children. She understands the commitment it takes to prepare children for the future. Dedication and determination are two words that describe Dr. Crandall.

“As I was growing up, two sayings became guidelines for my life; ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way,’ and ‘the road to Hades is paved with good intentions; show me don’t tell me!”

Dr. Crandall earned a Bachelor of Arts in secondary English from Auburn and furthered her education between main campus and AUM to obtain a masters in psychology and a Ph.D. in educational psychology.

Dr. Crandall had 30 years of service with MPS – most of her time teaching at Robert E. Lee. She taught Psychology at Huntingdon College and is currently teaching adjunct classes and serves as the academic success coordinator for at-risk students at South University. Her philosophy for education has always been to accept students as they come, and mold them into better individuals based on their strengths.

Known to many past students as “Mom”, Dr. Crandall has taken them into her home over the past 32 years and has been an integral part of their lives as they transition into adulthood. She makes every effort to empower a sense of independence, integrity and pride in her students. As a teen, Dr. Crandall tutored students with dyslexia and ADDHD, and believes the only limits one has is the limits that one places on themselves.

“I ran solely to stand up for the students, teachers and parents to ensure decisions are made in the best interest of Montgomery’s children. Ensuring accountability, integrity and transparency are the cornerstones of our education system and the key to successful schools.”

Dr. Crandall pledges to use every available resource to ensure students and teachers are not subject to bullying or retaliation. She also feels very strongly that every class should have qualified, engaging teachers that interact and challenge their students to be their best. She is also committed to be available to the parents, students, staff, and the community.

“I promise to my family, students, parents, teachers, administrators and fellow board members is that I will work my hardest to communicate and to listen to your plans and desires. I will always be honest and will put the student’s education and best interest first. I will work hard to return every call I receive within 24 hours. I will do everything in my power to put the needs of those associated with education on the front burner. Moreover, I will strive to be instrumental in preparing every child to be better equipped for the challenges that lie beyond their graduation from MPS.”

Dr. Crandall opened her own real estate company and currently serves as the broker of Tri- County Homes in Montgomery, Alabama. She is married to Al Crandall, co-owner of MYA, Inc. and has three adult children, Hunter, Kelsea, and Griff.



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