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Director of Sullivan County Schools applies for Middle Tenn. job

March 31st, 2014 11:46 am by Rick Wagner

Director of Sullivan County Schools applies for Middle Tenn. job

Jubal Yennie.

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County Director of Schools Jubal Yennie is among 17 applicants to become Wilson County director of schools.

But a member of the Sullivan County school board predicted Yennie would stay here.

According to an article by Andy Humbles in the Tennessean in Nashville, Yennie applied for the post and resumes for the position were accepted through Friday.

The paper reported the list of candidates includes Donna Wright, an assistant superintendent with Williamson County Schools. She was the No. 2 candidate last year. Yennie is a former assistant director of schools in Williamson County, which like Wilson is also near Nashville.

Yennie did not immediately return a phone call from the Times-News on Monday morning.

The Tennessean said the director's position is open for the second time in two years because Tim Setterlund agreed to a retirement package in January. He came under fire for stopping for a beer one afternoon in December when school was dismissed early for weather. Setterlund was not impaired, but he was criticized for stopping and driving off in his county issued vehicle.

"I don't see him (Yennie) leaving," Sullivan County BOE member Jerry Greene said Monday morning, adding that he has talked with Yennie very recently about the matter "I feel confident we are going to be able to continue on with a number of things we are doing."

He said those included taking over full operation of Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee, from which Kingsport City Schools has withdrawn, as well as a joint facilities study with Kingsport. the upcoming 2014-15 budget and potentially looking at bus owning versus contracting issues.

BOE member Todd Broughton, often a Yennie critic, said Monday morning the first he knew of the application came from the Tennessean article.

"The concerning thing from my point of view is we are in the middle of the facilities study for the future of the next 15 or 20 years," Broughton said.

The five-member Wilson County school board will review the applications with plans to announce a final pool of candidates at an April 7 board meeting, the paper reported. Those finalists will be interviewed at an open board meeting April 12, it reported.

Two candidates will have a second interview May 3 that will be scored by board members to determine the top applicant, the paper reported. The list of candidates, the paper reported, also include Clint Satterfield, director of schools in Trousdale County; Yennie, a former assistant director in Williamson County near Nashville; and LaDonna McFall, director of schools in Coffee County, have applied as well. Tim Bell, principal at Mount Juliet Middle School, and Rick Miller, principal at MAP Academy, have applied from within the Wilson system, the paper reported.

Interim director Mary Ann Sparks is not a candidate for the full-time position, the paper reported.

Watch for an expanded version of this report in Tuesday's print and enhanced electronic edition of the Kingsport Times-News.

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