Qualls hired to help Rogersville City School find its next superintendent

Jeff Bobo • Aug 10, 2019 at 9:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — The consultant who helped Kingsport City Schools and Hawkins County Schools choose their current directors in 2017 and 2018 respectively will now be asked to do the same for Rogersville City School in 2019.

The 2019-20 academic year will be the ninth and final one for Rebecca Isaacs as superintendent of the independent K-8 Rogersville City School.

Isaacs announced earlier this year that she will be retiring as of June 30, 2020.

A new superintendent search

On Tuesday, Isaacs presented the Rogersville Board of Education with two options for finding her replacement: either to use the services offered by the Tennessee School Boards Association or to use consultant Wayne Qualls, who helped the Hawkins County school system last year locate its new director, Matt Hixson.

In 2017, Qualls helped Kingsport select its new director of schools, Jeff Moorehouse.

“I actually recommended to the board that they secure the services of Mr. Qualls, and they voted to do that,” Isaacs told the Times News Thursday. “I’m retiring as of June 30, 2020, so the new director will start July 1. Mr. Qualls will be coming here in the next couple of months and will be sitting down with the board to talk to them about what their goals and desires are to move forward.”

A wonderful experience in Rogersville

Isaacs was hired as RCS superintendent in 2011, during which time the school has continued its tradition of high academic achievement and accolades from the state.

“After 30 years in public education, my longest stint was in Rogersville City as director,” Isaacs noted. “I have had a wonderful experience in Rogersville. I have been embraced by this community.”

Isaacs added, “We had some great success here and there are a lot of things I'm proud of. This has been a wonderful experience for me, and it will be a wonderful opportunity for somebody.”

Addressing a moisture problem

In other business Tuesday, the BOE agreed to contract with the Knoxville engineering firm of Facility System Consultants to address a problem with moisture in the 1970s wing of the school.

“We’ve had extremely high humidity there for years, emptying the dehumidifiers three and four times a day,” Isaacs told the Times News. “The engineer who worked with us to remedy the long-term sewer smell in the 1950 wing several years came in and did an evaluation. That wing evidently doesn’t have dehumidification properties as it should, so there’s a makeup air unit that needs to be installed.”

Isaacs noted, however, that there is no mold.