Search begins for new schools director

A search is under way for the person who will be the next Wilson County director of schools. Wilson County Board of Education chairman Don Weathers said Monday the board would begin accepting resumes Tuesday until March 22. A search firm hired by the board in February will then review the ...
Mar 4, 2013
 Photo: Jared Felkins • Lebanon Democrat

Wilson County Board of Education chairman Don Weathers presents Coleman Walker, host of the Coleman and Co. morning radio show, with the board's Little Red School House award.
 Photo: Jared Felkins • Lebanon Democrat

Lebanon High School JROTC Color Guard members present the colors Monday to begin the Wilson County Board of Education meeting.

A search is under way for the person who will be the next Wilson County director of schools.

Wilson County Board of Education chairman Don Weathers said Monday the board would begin accepting resumes Tuesday until March 22. A search firm hired by the board in February will then review the resumes from March 25 through April 10.

Weathers said the board will receive a list of finalists on April 12, and initial interviews would be conducted April 20. A final interview of the top two candidates would be April 27.

“By our May board meeting, we expect to introduce our final candidate,” Weathers said.

The search comes on the heels of current Director of Schools Mike Davis’ announcement in December he would resign effective June 30. Davis served as director of schools for nearly six years.

Both Davis and the board came under fire after a plan to create a new Lebanon Middle School within the old Lebanon High School building was revealed, but failed to garner a motion at a November board meeting. The plan has since been tabled indefinitely following two public meetings that garnered community outcry in opposition of the plan.

At its meeting Monday, the board also deferred vote on final approval on changes to a board policy concerning the naming of facilities. According to proposed changes in the policy, much of the intent appears to limit the naming of buildings, stadiums, gyms, field, etc. after someone still living.

The proposed changes would delete language that would allow the board to name facilities after “a living person, provided he or she has made an outstanding contribution to that school.”

Board member Bill Robinson made the motion to table vote on the proposed policy change until a work session could be held. Board member Ron Britt seconded the motion, adding no facility could be named until the work session. The measure passed unanimously.

The board approved changes to other policies, including:

• those regarding students, such as bus conduct, use of personal communication devices in school, suspension/expulsion/placement, student wellness on physical activity and nutrition, special education students and homeless students.

• those regarding personnel, such as in-service and staff development opportunities, sick leave bank and staff rights and responsibilities.

• those regarding instruction on first reading, such as dual enrollment in college-level courses, audio visual materials, reporting student progress, class ranking, promotion and retention and graduation requirements.
The board also approved the textbook adoption committee’s recommendation to use the Houghton Mifflin Reading

Series in kindergarten through fifth-grade classes next year.

County attorney Mike Jennings told the board a proposed agreement with the Tennessee Board of Regents to use the old technical school building as a training center would be ready by the board’s April meeting.

In his report, Davis said construction projects at the new Watertown High School, West End Elementary School, West Wilson Middle School and Rutland Elementary School has steady progress despite recent rain, snow and other inclement weather. He said workers have made up time by working on Saturdays.

The board also presented a Little Red School House award to Coleman Walker, host of the Coleman and Co. radio show.

“It’s been my pleasure to be doing this for the past 19 years,” Walker said.

The Lebanon High School JROTC Color Guard presented the colors and sang the National Anthem to begin Monday’s meeting, which was moved to 5 p.m. and shortened so that members and those in attendance could attend Watertown and Wilson Central sub-state basketball games.

The board will meet April 1 at 6 p.m. at the Central Office on Stumpy Lane in Lebanon.

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