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Hawkins BOE adopts 10-point criteria for new director of schools

February 11th, 2014 11:10 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins BOE adopts 10-point criteria for new director of schools

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Board of Education approved a “help wanted” brochure to use in the search for a new director of schools.

The brochure lists qualities the board is seeking for the new director. Those qualities are based on comments made at a series of community meetings last week,

The Tennessee School Board Association, which is conducting the Hawkins County director search, will advertise the brochure with a March 12 deadline for applications.

During a special called lunch meeting Monday, the BOE also approved the procedures for selecting the director.

For example, TSBA will recommend up to five finalists for BOE consideration, but the BOE can reject any or all of those applicants.

All school board members will interview the finalists and only board members will be allowed to answer questions.

At the end of the interviews, each board member will list, but not rank, his or her top two choices in a written ballot.

The candidate who receives the most votes will be invited to return for a second interview. An effort will be made to select the director unanimously as a show of solidarity and support for the new director.

The selection timeline has now been revised as well.

The BOE will receive a report from TSBA naming the finalists on March 20.

Interviews will take place the week of March 24-29, and the finalist will be chosen the week of April 7-10. The BOE’s selection would be announced April 21, and the superintendent assumes the position on May 1.

Current Director Charlotte Britton retires on June 30.

Among the director of schools criteria adopted by the BOE based on the community meeting comments were:

  • Listens carefully and processes individual and community concerns.
  • Speaks and writes effectively to communicate the successes as well as the needs of the school system.
  • Proven ability to develop and administer a comprehensive school budget.
  • Has the ability to initiate and adapt to change.
  • Seeks information and ideas relative to the problems and makes decisions that show fairness, mature judgment, appropriate analysis and sensitivity for those affected by decisions.
  • Works with the community, staff and students to identify and strengthen values and expectations.
  • Has the ability to unify diverse groups and build and maintain high morale among employees.
  • Has a record of working effectively with a school board and keeping the board well informed.
  • Has experience as a teacher as well as an administrator who has built an effective staff through employment and staff development.
  • Has experience working with community, staff and students in developing long-range goals for the school system.
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