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Three more director of schools candidates remain to be interviewed by the Coffee County Board of Education. They are Kim Aaron, principal at Coffee Middle School, Dr. Keith Cornelius, Coffee County Schools attendance director, and Scott Hargrove, principal at East Lincoln Elementary.

Cornelius will be interviewed on Wednesday, June 19; Aaron will be interviewed on Thursday, June 20; and Hargrove will be interviewed on Friday, June 21. All interviews are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. They are all held in the Coffee County Schools Central Office board room.

Previously interviewed were Central Magnet School Principal John Ash and East Middle School Principal Charles Lawson.

The county school board is looking to make a decision on Monday, July 1.

“Be ready to vote on a candidate,” Gary Nester told the board during the Monday, June 10 meeting.

Once the school board votes on a candidate, negotiations will begin with the person they select.

Coverage of each interview can be found online at The final three interviews will appear in the Wednesday, June 26 edition of the Manchester Times.


The candidates


Aaron has been CMS principal since 2014. Prior to becoming principals, she taught grades 1, 4, 5, and 6 and worked in the central office overseeing family resources and ESP. She spent 19 years in administration – two at East Coffee Elementary, nine at North Coffee and the past eight at CMS.

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

Ash works in the Rutherford County School system as a principal. He previously ran for the Rutherford County Director in 2018 but the job position ultimately was offered to Bill Spurlock.

The Murfreesboro resident 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.

Cornelius was hired as the Coffee County attendance director in December 2018. Before that, he was the 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 a principal in Tullahoma City Schools at East Lincoln Elementary. He has been East’s principal for five years. He lives in Tullahoma.

Hargrove has 29 years of experience working in education. Before he worked in Tullahoma, he was in the Rutherford County School system.

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

Lawson is Tullahoma’s East Middle School principal. He taught for 16 years, including positions in Idaho, Alaska and Tennessee. He also served as Tullahoma High School’s assistant principal for three years.

The Manchester resident received 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.

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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