By MARINA WATERS
Five names just became very important to the Washington County Board of Education.
During its regularly scheduled Thursday, Feb. 4 meeting, the board accepted five superintendent candidate names from the Tennessee School Boards Association to potentially replace Washington County Director of Schools Bill Flanary who recently announced his retirement set for June.
TSBA Executive Director Tammy Grissom told the board Jarrod Adams, Jerry Boyd, Andy Hare, Greggory Slate and Keevin Woody were the top five candidates out of the list of 16 applicants for the director of schools role. The top five were selected through the TSBA’s Screening Committee that gauged how well each candidate’s credentials matched the school board’s expectations.
“We don’t interview the candidates, but I bring in folks that are in that (education) network … When you ask for people’s references, you know it’s going to be a good reference,” Grissom said. “Obviously we check with their immediate supervisors. If they’re superintendents, we will talk to some board members (within that school system). We have our network of how we check on the candidates.”
Jarrod Adams is the only candidate from the top five currently employed by Washington County Schools. He has been the assistant director of Washington County Schools, materials and operations since 2020. He has 20 years of central office experience in Washington County and, among other roles, has also previously served as the teacher evaluation licensure and supervisor, the supervisor of special education and a teacher in the system.
Andy Hare is the only other local candidate. Hare has been the Sullivan East High School Principal in Bluff City since 2017. He also previously served as the head principal at David Crockett High School from 2011 to 2015, an assistant principal, graduation coach and teacher in Washington County. He also taught previously at Dobyns-Bennett and Sullivan East.
Keevin Woody is the current assistant superintendent of Roane County Schools in Kingston, Tennessee. He has also served as an elementary school principal, elementary school teacher and a high school teacher in Roane County and has completed TSBA’s academy for prospective superintendents.
Jerry Boyd is the current assistant commissioner for standards and materials and district operations with the Tennessee Department of Education. He was the superintendent of Putnam County Schools from 2012-2020 and has 14 years of experience in the central office, in addition to experience as aprincipal, assistant principal and teacher.
Greggory Slate is the only out-of-state candidate. He is the current senior director of secondary schools and administration with the Rockingham County School System in Eden, North Carolina. Slate has eight years of central office experience in addition to previously serving as a principal, assistant principal and teacher.
The BOE will conduct interviews with the candidates Feb. 17–24. Chairman Jason Day told the Herald & Tribune the school board plans to have its new director by March before Flanary retires in June.
“I think (the school board) is looking for somebody who’s a visionary, energetic, a very good communicator with our funding body,” Day said, “… somebody who will really look out for the students obviously and the staff, who can really take Washington County to a new level. We hope to have someone hired in March.”
The board plans to host an opportunity for community members to meet the candidates as well as an opportunity for those with the school system to do the same.
For more information, or to keep up with the BOE’s meeting calendar, go to www.wcde.org.