The Coffee County School Board scheduled interviews for their top five director of schools applicants.

All interviews are open to the public. They will all be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a two hour meet and greet following the interview. All interviews will be held in the Coffee County Schools central office, 1343 McArthur St.

Below is the interview schedule:

Tuesday, May 21: Dr. Charles Lawson

Thursday, May 30: Dr.John Ash

Wednesday, June 19: Dr. Keith Cornelius

Thursday, June 20: Kim Aaron

Friday, June 21: Scott Hargrove


About the candidates

Aaron is Coffee County Middle School’s principal. She was hired on July 1, 2012. Aaron was named the principal of the year in 2014.

She taught grades 1, 4, 5 and 6 in addition to central office work, where she oversaw family resources and ESP. She has spent the past 19 years in administration – two years at East Coffee, nine at North Coffee and the past eight at CCMS.

She is a Manchester, Tenn. resident.

Aaron received her Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts from Tennessee Tech University.

Ashe is the principal for Central Magnet School Principal in Rutherford County. He ran for Rutherford County Director in 2018 and made it to the top three finalists, but the position was offered to Bill Spurlock.

He received his Doctor of Education from Tennessee State University, his Education Specialist degree from Middle Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University and his Bachelor of Science from Tennessee Technological University.

He is a Murfreesboro, Tenn. resident.

Cornelius was hired as the attendance director for Coffee County Schools in December 2018. He formerly was assistant principal/instructional coordinator at Coffee County Central High School under Dr. Joey Vaughn, a position he began in July 2011.

A Manchester, Tenn. resident, Cornelius received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Middle Tennessee State University. His doctorate in education came from Middle Tennessee State University. 

Hargrove is the principal at East Lincoln Elementary in Tullahoma, a position he’s held for five years. He is a Tullahoma, Tenn. resident.

He previously worked in Rutherford County Schools as a social studies teacher. Hargrove has 29 years of education experience.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from Middle Tennessee State University and his Master of Arts from Tennessee State University.

Lawson is the principal at East Middle School in Tullahoma. He has 16 years of teaching experience in Idaho, Alaska and Tennessee. He also served as Tullahoma High School’s assistant principal for three years. 

He is a Manchester, Tenn. resident.

He earned his Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University, his Masters and Ed.S. in Administration, Tennessee Technological University and his Ph.D., University of the Cumberlands.


Board votes

Each board member looked over the applicants and ranked them during their Monday, May 13 work session.

The sixteen applicants, in no order, are: Jill Potts, John Ash, James Francis, Greg Rockhold, Anthony Kinkel, Charles Lawson, David Martin, Joseph Miller, Russell Hargrove, Kimberly Aaron, Brian Norton, William Childers, William Elihue Gouge, Timothy Woodward, Deborah J. Lee-Nuzzi, and Robert Cornelius.

How the board members voted is as follows:

Pat Barton: Aaron, Ash, Childers, Cornelius, Hargrove and Lawson.

Shannon Duncan: Lawson, Ash, Aaron, Russell, Francis and Cornelius.

Brett Henley: Aaron, Hargrove, Kinkel, Lawson, Martin and Miller.

Freda Jones: Aaron, Ash, Childers, Cornelius, Hargrove and Lawson.

Sandra Klonaris: Lawson, Ash, Aaron, Hargrove, Francis and Norton.

Gary Nester: Norton, Martin, Lawson, Miller, Cornelius and Aaron.

Ester Sims: Woodward, Rockhold, Norton, Miller, Cornelius and Aaron.

If the top five do not meet the board’s expectations, they will reopen the pool to other candidates who received two or three votes.

News Editor

Casey recently joined the Manchester Times team in March 2018. Coming off a 17-month reporter stint in Port Chester, NY, she is looking forward to slowing down and integrating herself into the community. She currently resides in Manchester.

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