Snell's contract as principal at Northview was not renewed by the Dothan Board of Education when it met in March. Snell immediately filed a lawsuit but asked last week for it to be dismissed. A source familiar with the case said dropping the suit was conditioned to Snell's hire in Opp.
The decision by the Opp Board of Education was not unanimous. Board member William Hines asked for an executive session on the hiring of Snell and board members went behind closed doors for almost thirty minutes before returning. When they did, members voted 4-1 in favor of hiring the soon-to-be-ousted Northview principal. Hines was the lone dissenting vote.
Snell began his career in 1987 and spent a great deal of it in Geneva County with stops at Coffee Springs, Samson, Geneva County and Slocomb. Snell coached at Coffee Springs and Geneva County and began work as an administrator in Samson before moving to Slocomb.
Snell has served the last eight years as Northview principal but failed to receive a contract renewal just months after new Superintendent Tim Wilder began work. Wilder recommended the termination of Snell and Girard Middle School Principal Greg Yance. A lawsuit filed by Yance remains intact.
In 2011, Snell announced his candidacy for Superintendent of Geneva County Schools. He finished second to Becky Birdsong in the March 13 primary.
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