School board members approved at the Jan. 14 meeting the search process for the next director as well as a set of qualifications desired in candidates. The Tennessee School Board Association will facilitate the search, according to board members.
Under the timeline, the new director of schools will assume the position no later than June 1. The TSBA will assist the school board with the hiring process by screening candidates through late February.
In early March, the school board will begin interviewing up to five candidates selected by the TSBA. The school board will then hold public interviews with each candidate, followed by visits to the communities of the top two finalists. The next director will be announced March 30, according to the timeline.
The school board last held a superintendent search in 2015, which concluded with former Director Shawn Joseph’s hiring in May 2016.
Adrienne Battle, who has served as interim director since April 15, replaced Joseph following the board’s April 9 vote to buy out his contract. Joseph was hired under the terms of a four-year commitment with an annual salary of $285,000. As the interim director, Battle receives the same compensation rate as Joseph.
Under her contract, Battle can apply for the permanent director position when the board begins its search. If Battle applies for the position and is not selected, she can return to her previous position as a community superintendent or an equivalent position, according to the agreement.