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Decatur City Schools mourns death of second educator in one weekend

The district asks that you keep Mr. Rodney Randell's family in your thoughts and prayers.
Credit: Decatur City Schools
Longtime Decatur City Schools educator Mr. Rodney Randell passes away

DECATUR, Ala. — A longtime Decatur City Schools educator passed away Sunday night. This is the second staff member to pass away this weekend.

The district said Mr. Rodney Randell taught for many years at Brookhaven Middle School until it closed in 2018 when he transferred to Decatur Middle School where he taught as a math intervention teacher.

"Rodney was such a dedicated faculty member and would go out of his way to help families that he served in the Decatur School system," said Decatur City Schools Secondary Curriculum Supervisor Anita Clarke, who also served as the principal at Brookhaven Middle School.

"He was the long-time President of the Decatur Education Association. Rodney was instrumental in growing the association," said Alabama Education Association Regional Director Wendy Lang.

"Decatur City Schools is saddened to be dealing with the passing of our second employee over the weekend. Rodney was dedicated to serving the children despite his health issues and constantly advocated for teachers and staff throughout the system," said Decatur City Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Douglas.

Decatur City Schools says Randell is survived by his mother, Willie Mae Randell, and his great grandmother.

The district asks that you keep Randell's family in your thoughts and prayers.