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Board of Education meeting moved to May 14

The Unicoi County Board of Education previously announced that its next regularly scheduled meeting would take place on May 7; however, in a press release issued last week, the board announced the meeting had been changed to May 14.
Also, the board’s work session for the May 14 meeting has been moved from May 4 to May 11.
The May 14 meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.; the May 11 meeting will begin at 5 p.m.
Both meetings will be held at the central office, 100 Nolichucky Ave., in downtown Erwin.
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The Erwin Record previously reported that at the meeting, which is now scheduled for May 14, the board could vote on and choose the next director of schools for Unicoi County.
Nine men applied to for the director’s position. This field was narrowed to two during the board’s work session on April 13.
During that meeting, the six-member board, which consists of Garland “Bubba” Evely, Tyler Engle, Lisa White, Cathy Thomas, Steve Willis and Ruth Gaines, chose current system employee John English and Morristown-Hamblen High School West principal Jeff Moorhouse as the two finalists for the position.
“We had a great group of candidates to select from,” Gaines said during the work session, “but all the people who contacted me, they were in full support of these two candidates (English and Moorhouse). The survey we had online also showed the same thing.”
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The Erwin Record also previously reported that during the May 11 work session, the board will discuss the contract that will be offered to the next director of schools.
According to board discussions, the new contract will be different from the contract of previous director Denise Brown.
The board plans to have the contract ready by the May 14 meeting. They will then allow the new director, if one is chosen at that meeting, to review the contract for approximately one week before signing it in a special called meeting that will be announced at a future date.
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English and Moorhouse are scheduled to interview for the job on Saturday, April 25, at the central office. English’s interview will begin at 9 a.m.; Moorhouse will follow at 11 a.m.
The interviews are open to the public.
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The search for a new director of schools began after the board voted 3-3 on the renewal of Brown’s contract earlier this year. This tie vote was essentially a “no” vote to rehire Brown.
The board voted to buy out Brown’s contract at her request in March. The board also installed school system veteran Tommy Clouse to serve as the interim director until a new director is chosen by the board.