County School Board Prepares for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Huntsville, TN (2017-07-13) With the summer break coming to an end, Director of Schools Bill Hall and the Scott County Board of Education spent much of their meeting Thursday night preparing for the coming academic year.

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Scott County Board of Education, Director Bill Hall unveiled a host of personnel changes made over the last 30-days in his monthly report to the members of the Board of Education.  Of those, the most notable was the decision of current Federal Budget and General Purpose Budget Director Vince Owens to return to the classroom.  “You’ve done a great job.  (During your time as the budget director) you’ve done (your duties) professionally, admirably and I’m proud to call you a friend and colleague,” Hall said.  Effective August 1, 2017, Owens will return to Scott High School, where he transferred from when he took the job in February 2015.  According to Hall, Owens’ made the decision to transfer back to the classroom because of his love of Scott High School and his passion for educating students.

The other significant administrative change occurred at Fairview Elementary School, where long-time Principal Denise Watson recently announced her retirement.  Current Assistant Principal Scott Cash was named the new Principal.   In a related matter, the Board formally waived a March 1 intent to retire notification requirement for Watson and Elisha Dugger.  Per Board policy, employees retiring must notify the district by March 1; however, the provision can be waived by the Board of Education.

On a 6-1 vote, with second district member Diane Smith casting the lone dissenting vote, the board also agreed to create a new position at Huntsville Middle School.  While not against the district’s only stand-alone middle school having a full-time consulting teacher/data coach, Smith said she felt the district could make better use of its personnel and resources.  All other county schools have a dedicated consulting teacher, who oversees the academic curriculum at each school.  The board also agreed to the proposed salary scale and differentiated pay plan for the district’s professional employees.

Students will once again have a shortened academic day each month.  By a 7-0 vote, the Board of Education agreed to dismiss classes on the third Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. to provide time for Professional Development for staff members.

In other personnel matters, Hall announced the hiring of Rachael Sexton, who will become a teacher at Burchfield Elementary on August 1.  Amanda Lay was named a Special Education Teacher Assistant and Amanda Sexton was named a Pre-K teacher at Huntsville Elementary, pending final testing.  Linda Bowling was hired as a cook at Huntsville Middle School.  Sam Cross was hired as a math teacher and Lacey Massengale was hired as a RTI instructor at Scott High School, effective August 1.  Susan Vaden was named Assistant Principal at Winfield Elementary.

School personnel that reassigned over the summer included:  Melody Chambers, who was reassigned from Coordinated School Health Assistant to School Nutrition Administrative Assistant/Liaison.  Cynthia Honeycutt was transferred from an assistant job at Huntsville Elementary to Burchfield, where she will be a Pre-K teacher assistant.  Brandie Wunderlin was elevated from Special Education teacher assistant to teacher.  Brittney Young was transferred from Scott High to become a physical education teacher at Fairview Elementary.

Resignations received over the last month included:  Julie Barnes, a Pre-K teacher assistant at Burchfield Elementary, James Marcum, a custodian at Burchfield Elementary, ad Donald Davidson, a bus driver for the system.

Charles Golden, Jr. has been named the head football coach at Burchfield Elementary, while Don Massengale and Jon Fletcher were hired as his assistants.  At Winfield Elementary, coaches were named for all sports.  Hired were:  Skylar Marlar—head football coach; Bradley Stephens—boys’ basketball coach; Dara Smith—girls’ basketball coach; Sherrie Keeton—boys’ and girls’ assistant basketball coach; David Blevins—boys’ soccer; Brandi Harris—girls’ soccer, Tabitha Crider—academic teacher; and Brandi Harris—cross country.