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City schools to start this week with three new principals

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Manchester City Schools will start the school year with new leadership at each of the system’s three campuses.

Incoming Director of Schools Dr. Keith Brewer, who took over as system head on July 1, said that by statute, all school administrators’ and especially principals’ contracts expired with the outgoing director’s contract. Former director Dr. Prater Powell chose not to seek renewal of his contract that ended June 31.

Thomas Fuhrman

Thomas Fuhrman

“I asked all of them to reapply,” Brewer said. “The process I took them through was to minimize the subjectivity and back to school sidebaroptimizes the objectivity of the selection process.”

Tom Jacobs was chosen to head College Street Elementary School as principal. He is a 15-year veteran of the system and has spent six years as the Westwood Elementary School assistant principal. He replaces Dr. Lisa Yates.

Westwood Elementary School’s new principal Thomas Fuhrman is the former Principal of Lynchburg Elementary School and was an English teacher for the Oak Ridge School system. He replaces Sandra Morris.

Westwood Middle School will start the new year under the direction of Principal Chad Fletcher, a Knox County Assistant Principal and former Principal at Murfreesboro City Schools’ Cason Lane Academy. He replaces Dana Morris.

Chad Fletcher

Chad Fletcher

Brewer pulled staff from inside the district to fill available central office administrative positions.

He said that he had Sandra Morris in mind for the Director of Instruction position vacated by Joey Vaughn, who recently took the job as principal at Central High School in the county school system.

“I knew of her work as a principal at Westwood Elementary School. When the position opened, I asked her if she would be interested. We went through the interview process and she agreed to [accept the position].

Brewer said had she not, it would have been posted.

The Director of Special Education position, formerly held by Brewer’s wife, Anita, was filled by former system consultant

Tom Jacobs

Tom Jacobs

Jenny Thomas. Because of the nepotism policy, Anita Brewer could not legally hold the position directly under her husband.

Brewer said that Thomas was qualified for the position.

“The litmus test for Director of Special Education was that she was Director of Special Education in Grundy County. She ran an exemplary program there…before leaving to come to us for a year as a behaviorist consultant.”

Dana Morris moves from principal at WMS to become Director of Attendance, a position that Director of Technology Mark Howell held in addition to his duties maintaining and developing the network and computer systems in the district.

Former College St. Principal Dr. Lisa Yates will remain with the system at central office in a role that is yet to be determined….

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