Criteria, timeline set for hiring of new Director of Schools for county

Published 12:48 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2022

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Carter County schools will begin accepting applications for Director of Schools on May 18 with the goal of having someone hired by June 16.

The Board of Education met in a special called meeting Monday to set the criteria and timeline for hiring a replacement for Dr. Tracy McAbee, who will be the new Director of Schools in Lewis County.

Board chairman Tony Garland presented a rough draft to the Board of Education for a potential job posting.

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“I think the best thing is to have the resumes sent to Amanda Scalf and we will not open until we reconvene and open the resumes collectively as a group,” Garland said.

Two items the board agreed on was the applicant should have a required doctoral degree in education and preferred administrative experience.

Board member Chris Hitechew also suggested that each applicant submit a letter of interest as well as a vision statement for the school system.

Garland advised the board that they would need to first have an official resignation from McAbee which should come (Tuesday) either by a call or email.

The job will officially be posted on May 18 and will be open 4 p.m. on May 31.

“We will then open up the resumes in a special called meeting at 5:30 p.m. on May 31 and make copies for everyone,” said Garland. “We will take those and digest those and come back with a short list of three candidates on Monday, June 6.”

The three candidates will be notified on June 7 and an interview will be scheduled with each for June 14 at the Central Office from 5 to 7 p.m. for around 50 minutes each.

A new school director should be named by June 16 after a motion to hire and vote by the board which will take place at the Technology Center on Stateline Road.