BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Bristol Tennessee Board of Education expects to appoint Annette Tudor, the system’s supervisor of secondary curriculum and instruction, as its interim superintendent.
At a meeting Wednesday morning, Board Chairwoman Jill Harrison said Tudor was the likely candidate for interim superintendent, though no official action would be taken to appoint anyone until the board’s business meeting on June 17. Harrison met Wednesday with board Vice Chairman Nelson Pyle and supervisors of the school system.
The meeting focused on finding a replacement for Gary Lilly, superintendent of BTCS for the past decade, who accepted the position of superintendent of Collierville Schools in Collierville, Tennessee, on May 30.
Harrison and Pyle asked the supervisors what qualities they wanted in the district’s next superintendent so the board could make the best decision possible.
“We are committed to finding the best person, and though we would like, in the best of all possible worlds, to have the position filled by the start of the school year in fall, we can’t rush this. We want to do this right, and we want to know what you want,” Harrison said during the meeting.
Ed Depew, supervisor of facilities and maintenance, said he would like the next superintendent to understand the importance of the school district’s facilities and the ongoing need for a commitment of funding for necessary improvements and maintenance. Depew also said Lilly’s management style was one where he set goals and objectives for administrators and held them accountable, but also did not micromanage. He said someone with a similar style would be ideal.
Tudor said Lilly has the district moving in a strong direction, and it is important the next director keeps the district going in that positive direction while reinforcing the culture within the schools they’ve worked to create.
Jennifer Rouse, supervisor of elementary curriculum and instruction, said the next superintendent should be able to strategically plan and have a vision for the next five to 10 years that inspires and excites district employees. The next superintendent should also be visible in the city schools and involved in what happens in the classrooms across the district, she added.
The next superintendent should be proud of what students are involved in and able to talk to teachers, parents and community members, said Dixie Bowen, supervisor of student services. Bowen also said the next superintendent needs to be driven to always look for where things can be improved.
Update: The Bristol Tennessee Board of Education Meeting is on June 17