DOUBLE SPRINGS- The Winston County Board of Education named Morgan Smothers as the new chief school financial officer due to the resignation of Andy McCay, who has held the CSFO role for the district the past 10 years.
McCay has accepted the position of CSFO for Walker County Schools, a role which McCay will be transitioning over to in the next few weeks. McCay’s resignation with the Winston County district is effective July 10.
The previous CSFO for Walker County Schools accepted a position with Bevill State Community College, leaving the position at Walker County to an interim employee, McCay stated. That employee will be helping McCay adjust to his new location in the next few weeks.
“Winston County is a very special place,” McCay said. “It’s home to me, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Winston County Schools.
“It is bittersweet,” he added, “because I love the people I work with. I think we have a wonderful school system, but I have made a decision based on what I think is right for my family and myself, so I am excited about the opportunity I have to begin in Walker County.”
McCay and his family will continue to live in the Arley area, about a 20-minute commute to his new position, he explained.
As McCay steps away from Winston County Schools, he noted that the school system is small compared to other districts, but has done well with limited resources.
McCay has worked with Smothers over the past year she has worked as payroll specialist at the central office.
“She has been one of the quickest learners of any job I have ever seen,” said McCay. “I have the utmost confidence that she is going to be able to handle the job of chief school financial officer with ease, and she has my full support.”
Smothers, a 2014 graduate of Addison High School has her Bachelor’s Degree in finance, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in fashion retail.
After working for Premier Bank in Addison, Smothers did financial work for a company in Decatur before coming to Winston County Schools as payroll specialist.
Concerning McCay, Smothers stated, “They are huge shoes to fill. I will need his help, but I am excited.”
Smothers’ job duties have now expanded drastically from being over payroll to handling the finances for the entire school system.
Pendley noted Smothers has done an outstanding job since being with the school system.
“She has all the qualifications,” Pendley noted. “It is going to be a transitionary period for the entire system, but no one person is bigger than the entirety of the system.”
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