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Schools aim to narrow director field

By Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM

The Wilson County Board of Education could narrow the field of 17 candidates vying for the director of schools vacancy Monday, or it may interview all or none of them. 

According to board chairman Don Weathers, each board member will present as many as eight potential candidates he wants to see interviewed following an initial resume review. From those candidates selected, the board will then vote on each. The candidates who get at least three votes will be included in the interview process. 

Weathers said the process has the potential to narrow down the pool of candidates, but it also allows for all 17 to move on in the process. 

“It could be, but I certainly hope it’s not,” Weathers said. “I don’t want to interview 17 candidates, but if that’s how it works out then so be it.”

Weathers said the candidate interviews would be scheduled after Monday’s meeting and open to the public. The board will meet at 6 p.m. at the Central Office at 351 Stumpy Lane in Lebanon. 

Interim Director Mary Ann Sparks released the resumes Saturday, revealing 17 applications for the job. 

Two of the applicants are currently employed with Wilson County Schools and a third is currently the director of Trousdale County Schools.

The candidates include:

• Tim Bell, who currently serves as principal at Mt. Juliet Middle School. 

• Christopher Causey, who is supervisor of accountability for the Robertson County Board of Education. 

• John R. Davis, who currently serves as director of the Academy of Engineering in Charlotte, N.C. 

• Sharon Harper, who is currently the executive director of the Southeast Center of Regional Excellence with the Tennessee Department of Education in Cleveland. 

• Greg A. Harwood, who currently holds the position of CTAE district coordinator with Buford County Schools and is a professor at Nova Southeastern University, where he has taught since 2004. 

• Patrick Johnson, who currently serves as a consultant for Chesapeake Consulting, where is consults on opening and maintaining charter, non-public and private school status for general and special education students. 

• Kelly R. Lorton, who is currently serving as district project manager for Kansas City Public Schools. 

• LaDonna McFall, who is currently the director of Coffee County Public Schools and has served as assistant director for Jefferson County Public Schools. 

• Rick L. Miller, who serves as principal of MAP Academy in Lebanon, where he has been since 1997. 

• Timothy Parrott, who is currently director of secondary and career and technical education for Anderson County Schools.

• Greg Rockhold, who is the founding principal of Humes Preparatory Academy Elementary in Memphis, where he is currently serving. 

• Brad Rosenquist, who has worked in Metro Nashville Public Schools in several capacities. He was a transition facilitator, compliance facilitator, lead teacher of the homebound discipline program and other positions. 

• Clint A. Satterfield, who is currently serving as director of Trousdale County Schools. 

• Tammy Shelton, who is currently serving as executive director of content and resources with the Tennessee Department of Education. 

• Michael Steele, who is currently the executive principal of Stratford STEM Magnet School and has served as principal of University Christian Middle School. 

• Donna Wright, who currently serves as assistant supervisor of Williamson County Schools. She has also served as assistant supervisor of Knox County Schools. 

• Jubal Yennie, who is currently serving as director of schools for Sullivan County. 

Also on the agenda is a final vote on the school calendar for next year, which includes one week of spring break, which is a change from two in recent years. 

Several board policy changes are also up for final review, including those on transfers, head lice, testing programs, student discipline, wellness and nutrition.

The board is also expected to consider a budget amendment to cover the cost of a bus to replace one totaled by the board’s insurance company, as well as start-up supplies and library books for the new Watertown Middle School. 

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