Sullivan schools advertising for new CTE/post-secondary position

Rick Wagner • Jun 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM

BLOUNTVILLE  — Sullivan County Schools plans to employ a career technical/post-secondary education facilitator in the wake of Bo Shadden taking a position with Kingsport City Schools.

The county Board of Education voted 7-0 Tuesday, June 5, to create the position, which would take over part of the duties of Shadden, who headed CTE, post-secondary and grades 9-12 curriculum for the school system. The pay is the same as a high school assistant principal and on a 12-month work year.

“I think it’s time that we need help,” Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski said during a work session before the meeting of creating the position. She said part of that was because of the CTE needs of the new Sullivan East Middle and West Ridge high schools, as well as an overall ramped-up focus on earning college credit as a high school student.

Shadden has accepted a position as CTE and post-secondary director for Kingsport City Schools. She said the other duties of his old position have still not been assigned.

On other matters:

— Amber Anderson, school nutrition supervisor, said the first day of the Summer Feeding program served 127 students Tuesday in five locations. Instead of four locations once a week, the program this year expanded to five locations twice a week. The board approved a budget of $6,000 for the program, which is funded federally.

— During public comment, Alan Novak of Blountville thanked the school board for its support in getting the new West Ridge High School and Sullivan East Middle School going, adding that he “appreciates the work and the time that you have taken to go through this process” and that 1950s-style buildings are not suited for 21st century learning. 

Novak said his son will attend the new high school and that he finds it ironic not too many people showed up at public input sessions but that now “everybody’s got an opinion” on the matter. “We may not spout about it on Facebook,” Novak said.

— Rafalowski said footers may go in at the middle school site starting Friday and excavation work is in full swing at the high school site. The middle school is to open in the fall of 2019, the high school in the fall of 2020.

— The board voted 6-1, with Jane Thomas voting no, to approve the differentiated pay plan for teachers, which includes bonuses for hard-to-fill positions, considered education levels, national certifications, serving as teacher leaders, taking professional development and doing peer reviews.

— The board voted 7-0 to approve the new Student Rights and Responsibilities, which for elementary and middle school reduces the number of parent excuse days for students from seven a year to five. Rafalowski and Student Services Supervisor Billy Miller said that will help get earlier intervention and attention to absences.

— The board took copies of the 2018 board evaluation of Rafalowski, which are to be returned by July 2 and be compiled and made public at the 6:30 p.m. July 9 board meeting.