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Hawkins County director of schools stepping down

December 5th, 2013 11:57 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins County director of schools stepping down

Bulls Gap School Principal Sharon Southern, left, hugs Hawkins County Director of Schools Charlotte Britton at the end of Thursday's BOE meeting. Jeff Bobo photo.

ROGERSVILLE — After 39 years in education, and seven years as the Hawkins County Director of Schools, Charlotte Britton officially announced her retirement to the Hawkins County Board of Education Thursday.

Her retirement will take effect on June 30, 2014, which is the end of the current fiscal year and also when her current contract was due to expire.

“It is the end of my contract, and of course, I have many years experience in education and have accomplished many of my goals that I had set as director of schools,” Britton told the Times-News Thursday. “It’s time for me to enjoy retirement.” 

Her retirement comes on the heels of a banner year as far as student achievement, but a troubled year with regard to some personnel and financial issues within the district.

Britton said she considers the highlights of her career to be advances in student achievement throughout her tenure, culminating in Hawkins County having two of the top three elementary schools in Tennessee this year recognized for academic improvement on the state report card.

Among her top struggles this year, however, was the firing earlier this year of the former finance director after he failed to make two employee federal income tax deduction payments to the IRS, resulting in fines to the school system totaling $166,000.

There have been other uncharacteristic bumps in the road for Britton throughout 2013, but on the heels of her retirement announcement Thursday the focus was on the positive as the BOE released the results of her board evaluation.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Friday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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