Kyle Futral Named Alabama's 2022 High School Principal of the Year

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Kyle Futral Named Alabama's 2022 High School Principal of the Year

by Alyssa Godfrey, CLAS Director of Communications & Technology | Jan 28, 2022
Holtville High School Principal Kyle Futral was named Alabama's 2022 High School Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP).

Kyle Futral High School Principal of the Year 2022Holtville, Ala. – January 28, 2022:  Mr. Kyle Futral, principal of Holtville High School in the Elmore County School System, has been named 2022 Alabama High School Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP).

Futral has served a total of 15 years in education with the last 7 years in administration. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Huntingdon College in 2007. In 2014, he received a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Auburn University.

The High School Principal of the Year award was presented to Futral on Friday, January 28, 2022, at Holtville High School at a schoolwide assembly. Elmore County Superintendent Richard Dennis was in attendance for the presentation. American Fidelity Assurance sponsors this award annually and Interior Elements grants an office makeover to the winner.

As principal of Holtville High School, Futral has transformed the school culture from that of a school struggling with low morale, achievement, and attendance, to a school that strives for excellence. By collaborating with staff, many of the school’s issues were identified and addressed. Futral’s leadership style of listening, encouraging, supporting, organizing, and challenging the staff and students, caused the school culture to shift in a positive direction. The school experienced a 62% decrease in discipline referrals, 50% decrease in chronic absenteeism, 7% increase in the graduation rate, 33% increase in CCR rate, and a 20% increase in ACT proficiency in the last 5 years.

Futral was chosen from three district finalists. The finalists interviewed with a panel of judges at the AASSP/AAMSP Fall Conference in November where the winner was determined. The other finalists were Terina Gantt of Demopolis High School in Demopolis City Schools and Seth Taylor of Pleasant Valley High School in Calhoun County Schools. An overall winner will be chosen from the High School and Middle School Principals of the Year and will be recognized as Alabama’s Principal of the Year.

“Kyle Futral is an exceptional principal and is very proactive and innovative in his thinking and approaches to managing his school,” comments Elmore County Schools Superintendent Richard Dennis.

“It is evident that Mr. Futral has honed his leadership skills for the betterment of the students, staff, and the school overall. I’m pleased that Mr. Futral’s accomplishments can be recognized and celebrated with this award,” says AASSP and CLAS Executive Director Dr. Vic Wilson.

The Alabama High School Principal of the Year Award is sponsored by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals and American Fidelity Assurance.  An office makeover is also provided by Interior Elements.

Futral will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon during the CLAS Convention on June 14, 2022, at the BJCC in Birmingham. The CLAS 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 2022.

About AASSP and CLAS: 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 twelve 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 www.clasleaders.org.

About American Fidelity Assurance: American Fidelity Assurance provides employee and employer benefit solutions for education employees. They are a long-time supporter of CLAS and the sponsor of the Alabama High School Principal of the Year award.

About Interior Elements: Interior Elements is a furniture dealer that services the K-12 market. Each year, Interior Elements provides an office makeover for the Alabama High School Principal of the Year.

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