Mr. Randy Fuller has been an educator in the State of Alabama for 38 years. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama and post-graduate education degrees from the University of Montevallo, where he received the Outstanding Graduate Student in Administration award.
Throughout his career Mr. Fuller has served in many capacities including teacher, coach, administrative assistant, assistant principal, and principal. He began his administrative career as an assistant principal at Gardendale High School for a short time before being named principal of Oak Grove School, a K-12 school in west Jefferson County. After subsequently serving as principal of McAdory High School for 5 years, he was hired by Shelby County Schools in 1998 as principal to oversee the construction of Oak Mountain High School, which opened in August 1999. After serving as principal for 8 years, Mr. Fuller was elected Superintendent of Shelby County Schools on July 18, 2006 and took office on November 1, 2006. He began his third term as Superintendent on January 1, 2015.
During Mr. Fuller’s tenure as Superintendent, the Shelby County School System has faced multi-million dollar shortfalls in state funding due to proration and historic recession. He developed a four component organizational vision to direct the system toward continued success. This four part plan provides a sustainable path to follow which allows the district to still meet the expectations of being an exemplary school district even in times of continued economic crisis. These four components are:
- Continuous School Improvement—seeks improvement in all aspects of a school
- Strategic Planning—a long-range organizational vision to guide us through the next five years
- Leadership Development—a rigorous plan to enhance and grow current and future leaders in our schools
- Instruction—a unified K-12 effort to design quality curriculum and instruction through the development of strategic initiatives and priorities targeting various grade levels and evaluating results
Mr. Fuller helped steer Shelby County Schools through its first district-wide accreditation process. The district was deemed a “model school district” by the AdvancEd Quality Assurance Review (QAR) Team. The QAR Team recognized the district for several strengths including superintendent leadership, organizational structure, strategic planning and continuous improvement planning, among several others.
Committed to improving school safety, Mr. Fuller implemented a five point safe school plan entitled the Safe Schools Initiative. The Safe Schools Initiative was developed as a collaborative partnership with local law enforcement, first responders, government leaders, community leaders, social service networks, parents and students. The mission of this plan is to provide safety and security in a welcoming learning environment free of violence, intimidation, and fear.
As Superintendent, Mr. Fuller has been recognized with numerous awards including the University of Montevallo Kermit A. Johnson Outstanding Superintendent Award, the Alabama School Communicators Association’s Superintendent of the Year Award, and the Marbury Technology Innovation Award for Central Office Leaders at the 2011 Alabama Educational Technology Conference.
Mr. Fuller is a member of the School Superintendents of Alabama and was nominated for School Superintendent of the Year in 2016. He is a charter member of the Superintendents’ Leader Network. He has served as the chair of the State Chemical Awareness Program (CAP) Steering Committee. He is a graduate and active alumnus of Leadership Shelby County and serves on the board of the Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Message from the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Community Members:
The Shelby County School System has enjoyed a rich tradition of excellence in education for many years. Through the efforts of our faculty, staff, and administrative leaders, along with the support of our parents, government officials, business leaders, and citizens, we have maintained a position as one of the outstanding school systems in the state of Alabama. Families are moving to Shelby County for this reason. We have had a steady increase in enrollment of students for the past 10 to 15 years.
We have developed four components that direct our system to continued success. The first of these components is Continuous School Improvement (CSI). School improvement is the key to success in all of our schools. This process seeks improvement in all aspects of a school – from instruction to the care and operation of our facilities.
Through Strategic Planning, the second component, we have developed a long-range organizational vision to guide us through the next five years. In addition to developing system-wide goals, the plan identifies 12 strategic areas and provides goals for each. The plan will help us offer the students that we serve the best education possible and address the needs of our growing community.
The third component is Leadership Development. This component incorporates a rigorous plan to enhance and grow current and future leaders in our schools. This plan includes professional learning, quarterly Central Leaders meetings, Leadership Academy, along with developing new programs to continue to support the leaders in our system.
The fourth component, Instruction, seeks to provide educational excellence by designing quality curriculum and instruction through a unified K-12 effort. Through the process of developing initiatives and priorities for our various grade levels and evaluating results, we will develop an outstanding blueprint for our children’s future.
We also recognize the important role parents play in the education of their children and the need for an active partnership between home and school. With everyone’s active involvement and support, we can continue to make Shelby County Schools even better every year.
revised August, 2016