Deadline nearing to apply for Hawkins director of schools

Jeff Bobo • Jan 10, 2007 at 10:54 AM

ROGERSVILLE - With the deadline nearing to apply for the Hawkins County director of schools position, there were four applicants for the post as of Wednesday evening, all of whom currently work within the system.

The deadline to submit an application for the position is Friday at 4 p.m. at the central office in Rogersville. A new director will be selected in March to take over for Clayton Armstrong, who retires as of June 30 after four years in the position.

The current applicants are three central office supervisors and one principal:

•Charlotte Britton, who is federal projects director and Title One supervisor, has 33 years of experience in education. Britton was Tennessee Supervisor of the Year in 2005, is a member of the Tennessee Staff Development Council, and coordinated the Hawkins County Schools comprehensive school improvement plan.

•Jim Hageman, the middle school supervisor and coordinator of building projects, has 37 years of experience in education. Hageman started his career as a band director and has also served as assistant principal at Cherokee High School.

•Ray Hatfield, technology supervisor, has 15 years of education experience. Hatfield oversees all computer, Internet and instructional software programs within the district.

•Gay Graybeal, principal at St. Clair Elementary School, has 37 years of education experience. She has taught at every grade level and holds an education specialist (EDS) degree.

"I think any one of these four applicants would do a great job," Armstrong said. "They're all terrific educators, and all workaholics - beyond workaholics - and they all have a true commitment to move Hawkins County forward."

Armstrong added, "I think it should also be mentioned that each of these applicants have been involved in our strategic planning and our improvement planning, and I believe that they will pick up the ball and move forward with those plans in my absence. We've made a lot of progress, and each of these applicants have played a major role in that process."

The Board of Education has scheduled a work session for Feb. 1 to review the applications and select which applicants will be interviewed. The interviews are scheduled for March 13 beginning at 9 a.m., and a special called meeting will be held March 15 at 5 p.m. to name a new director of schools.

That person will begin work as "director-elect" on April 2, affording three months to work with Armstrong before taking over July 1.

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