The Wilson County Board of Education didn’t get to consider Mike Davis’ contract very long Monday night before the director of schools took action of his own.
Davis, who has served as director of Wilson County schools for the past 5 ½ years, resigned in a letter read by board chairman Don Weathers to begin Monday’s meeting. The board was supposed to vote on whether to renew Davis’ contract as its first order of business.
His resignation is effective June 30.
“I’ve been doing this 25 years as a superintendent and as an educator for 40 years,” I have no regrets. I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to do these past years, but I’m sure it will prosper long after I’m gone. It was time.”
Weathers said the board would begin the search for Davis’ replacement at its Jan. 7 meeting. He said at that meeting, the board would decide on a process by which to use to find a new director, and all interviews of potential directors would be done in public meetings.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the director of schools for Wilson County,” Davis said in his resignation letter to the board. “I wish nothing but the very best for the children, faculty and staff of the Wilson County School System.”
Both Davis and the board recently came under fire after a surprise plan to create a new Lebanon Middle School within the old Lebanon High School building failed to garner a motion at a November board meeting. The board Saturday met with architects and about 150 community members at the old high school auditorium to allow for tours and public examination. During that work session, the board was given three possible plans, and is expected to approve one of those plans at its Jan. 7 meeting.
“That’s a board action,” Weather said. “The board will continue to work on the best decision it can make. We are still in discovery.
“We’re not going to rush the vote if we don’t have the necessary information. Getting it right is more important than getting it done.”
Board member Wayne McNeese made the motion to accept Davis’ resignation, and member Ron Britt seconded. The vote was unanimous.
“Mr. Davis, we appreciate your service,” said board member Bill Robinson. “There’s been a lot of good things that have been done in the past 5 ½ years. We haven’t always agreed on things, but we have done what we thought was right for the children.”
In other business, McNeese asked the board to remove a trip from the denied field trip list for West Wilson Middle School cheerleaders to attend a competition in Orlando. Ultimately, the board decided to take the matter up in new business.
Board member Greg Lasater questioned why the trip had been denied. Davis said the decision was made based on the cheerleaders’ age and the cost of the trip to parents.
“This is middle school,” Davis said, “sending seventh- and eighth-graders to Florida. I hope a lot of parents go along on the trip. I know there are competitions in Tennessee they could go to.”
McNeese said the squad had already raised a large amount of money for the trip and the entry fee was paid.
The board voted 3-2 to allow the cheerleaders to take the trip.
The board also:
• approved the school compliance report for the state. Davis said all teachers in Wilson County schools are highly qualified for the first time.
• rejected fuel services bids due to a lack of bidders.
• approved a collaboration conferencing committee made up of McNeese, Britt, Candace Angle, Jeff Lattrell, Matt Dechord, Mary An Sparks, Angela Rohen, Jason Dunn and Michelle Watson.
• recognized Jeff Ledford, president of Systems Integration, Inc., with a Little Red School House Award.
• heard Christmas carols sung by members of the Watertown High School choir.
The board will meet Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Central Office on Stumpy Lane.