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    May 22, 2019
    From the TCSS Office of the Superintendent
    Collins-Riverside Parents and Families,
    We have learned that Mr. Kenneth Pierce, a CRMS teacher, has been arrested. The charges facing Mr. Pierce include inappropriate communication with a juvenile. 
    The accusations against Mr. Pierce were reported to law enforcement, not to school officials. The Tuscaloosa County School System learned of the arrest only after Mr. Pierce was taken into law enforcement custody. Although I know very few details about the law enforcement investigation at this point, I have spoken with administrators who have worked with Mr. Pierce. They assure me there have never been any reports to the school of inappropriate contact between Mr. Pierce and students.
    Mr. Pierce will not return to his position as a teacher in the Tuscaloosa County School System. Mr. Pierce's contract is not being renewed for the 2019-2020 school year. However, this decision was made before TCSS administrators were aware of the charges against Mr. Pierce. The decision not to renew Mr. Pierce's contract was related to factors completely separate from the charges.
    Dr. Walter Davie
    Superintendent, Tuscaloosa County School System



    May 9, 2019


    To: Collins-Riverside Families, Faculty, and Staff

    From: TCSS Office of the Superintendent

    During its regular board meeting on Thursday, May 9, the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education approved the recommendation of Mr. Steven Sims as principal of Collins-Riverside Middle School. Mr. Sims' appointment is effective June 1.

    Please visit this link for more information, and you will receive additional information soon about the new leadership at CRMS.