Dr. Charles Lawson

The Coffee County Board of Education voted on Monday, July 8, to sign a contract with Dr. Charles Lawson to serve as director of Coffee County Schools.

The contract is for three years, and the annual salary for the position will be $115,000.

Lawson takes on the position today (Wednesday).

All school board members voted for Lawson to become the next director of schools. 

“I appreciate this opportunity,” Lawson said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve Coffee County…This is my third go-around through Coffee County Schools – first as a student, second time as a teacher and now as an administrator.”

Lawson will replace Dr. LaDonna McFall. McFall left the position earlier this year to serve as director in Roane County. Joe Pedigo served as the interim director of schools.

The contract between the school board and McFall was used as a basis for drafting the new document.


Last week’s school board meeting

The school board voted on July 1, to enter into contract negotiations with Lawson to be the next director of Coffee County Schools.

Negotiations began immediately and discussions continued at the board’s July 8 meeting.

Board member Pat Barton nominated Lawson, and member Sandra Klonaris seconded the motion.

Barton, Klonaris, Brett Henley, Gary Nester and Shannon Duncan voted yes. Esther Sims’ vote was the only dissenting vote. Freda Jones was absent.

After the motion was approved Henley said discussions about specifics of the contract would start immediately.

Lawson served as principal at East Middle School in Tullahoma.

He has 16 years of teaching experience in Idaho, Alaska and Tennessee.

Lawson was interviewed by the school board on May 21.

The board interviewed five candidates for the position. In addition to Lawson, Kim Aaron, Dr. Keith Cornelius, Scott Hargrove and Dr. John Ash were interviewed as well.