By Sally Absher

Nominations Received for KCS Interim Superintendent

March 7 was the deadline established by the Board of Education for those interested in being considered for the interim Superintendent position to submit their name, and for those wishing to nominate someone for the position to do so. Seven nominations were received.

Last month the Board nominated member Terry Hill to oversee the interim superintendent selection process. Hill will interview the candidates and make a recommendation for a final candidate to the Board at the April 4 work session. The Board will vote on the recommendation at their regular meeting April 6. The BOE hopes to have the interim Superintendent under contract by June to allow a transition before current Superintendent Dr. McIntyre’s last day on July 8.

Nominations included the following (in alphabetical order):

Chris Caldwell – Currently Knox County Finance Director;

George Hamilton – Knox County Resident

Ed Hedgepeth – Currently works for University of Tennessee and serves on the Board of Directors for Emerald Charter Academy. Former KCS Executive Director of Secondary Education;

Rodney Russell – Current KCS Director of Human Capital Strategy;

Bob Thomas – Current KCS Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services. Former teacher, principal and administrator, Mr. Thomas was a finalist in the KCS Superintendent search in 2008;

Buzz Thomas – Current President of Great Schools Partnership. He is also a minister, attorney, author, and member of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE); and

Danny Trent – Current KCS Supervisor of Secondary Education.

The first order of business is to determine which of the candidates are actually interested in the position. Hill will then request resumes and schedule interviews with those who are interested in pursuing consideration for the position.

Hill confirmed last week that Chris Caldwell and Rodney Russell have both declined the nomination. She said that Russell told her he was “flattered,” but said he is more of a “behind-the-scenes” person and felt that was where he needed to stay.

She also spoke with Ed Hedgepeth, and told The Focus, “He was very flattered to be nominated and would consider serving, however, he is glad to fully support anyone selected by the Board and he will not actively seek the position.”



We hope parents, students, and teachers all enjoy a well-deserved respite from school! The Chalk Board will return next week with more news of interest on local and state education issues!