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Two added to list of Hawkins school director finalists

April 11th, 2014 12:07 am by Jeff Bobo

Two added to list of Hawkins school director finalists

ROGERSVILLE — Tuesday afternoon the Hawkins County Board of Education asked for one more director of schools finalist recommendation, but Wednesday evening the Tennessee School Board Association sent two.

Rogersville Middle School Principal Jim Ailshie was added to the list along with Charles Carter who is principal at Union Heights Elementary School in Hamblen County.

The other four finalists who were recommended by the TSBA Tuesday and approved as finalists by the BOE include: Dixie Bowen, a supervisor from Bristol, Tenn., schools; Calvin Decker, alternative school principal in Hamblen County; Hawkins County Assistant Director Steve Starnes; and Hawkins County Attendance Supervisor Greg Sturgill.

TSBA Deputy Director Randall Bennett initially presented the BOE with five finalists Tuesday.

Former Rogersville Middle School Principal William Royal, who currently teaches at Clinch School, had also been recommended as a finalist by the TSBA search committee. Royal was demoted from his principal position by current Director Charlotte Britton two years ago, and the BOE agreed Tuesday to eliminate Royal from the finalist list.

That's why the BOE asked Bennett for an additional finalist recommendation. A total of 13 people had applied to replace Britton, who retires at the end of June.

"After reconsidering the remainder of the applicants for Hawkins County superintendent, our screening committee found itself divided on two of the remaining candidates," Bennett stated in the letter to the BOE Wednesday. "Both candidates have strikingly similar experience in both teaching and administration. Additionally, both candidates have comparable educational backgrounds."

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