County school system appoints Williams for another term;  announces teachers of the year

By Megan R. Harrell
Star Staff

Dallas Williams will be the Superintendent of County Schools for the next two years at least. The Carter County Board of Education offered Williams a two-year contract at last night's meeting and Williams accepted.
   After the completion of an analysis of Williams' work, the school board found it commendable. "Mr. Williams is doing a very good job," said Carter County School Board Chairman Richard Winters. "Selecting the correct subordinates for your team is a very important part of leadership and he did do that, and we appreciate the people that fill in the various performance slots in his organization."
   Williams took office in the summer of 2001 and has worked hard to see Carter County schools through an extremely difficult financial year. "I appreciate the board for its confidence and support in me over this past year and I look forward to continuing working for Carter County," Williams said.
   Board members expressed appreciation for all Carter County school teachers and presented awards for Teachers of the Year. Tonya McKinney from Central Elementary received the teacher of the year award for grades K-4; David Buck from Central Elementary received the award for grades 5-8; and Kenny Lou Heaton from Cloudland High School received the award for grades 9-12.
   The teachers were selected by a committee made up of Carter County principals, teachers and supervisors. The committee chose from teachers who were nominated from each individual school in the district. The three Carter County Teachers of the Year have been nominated for the District I award. District I officials in Johnson City are expected to make a decision on District Teacher of the Year soon.
   David Buck has been teaching at Central Elementary for 26 years and was surprised to receive the recognition. Buck teaches American History, geography, and reading classes at the school. "It is a reward for all those years of being on the job," Buck said. "I am one of the old hands and with a lot of young teachers coming in it is nice to be recognized for a career."
   In other business, members of the board passed a resolution that named the cafeteria at Unaka High School after James W. Potter. "Mr. Potter was a great educator and a fine Christian gentleman and he touched the lives of many of us here today and we would like to present this resolution to honor him," Winters said.
   The board also allocated approximately $5,000 to the Cloudland High School Instructional Account to be held in the school's internal school fund. The money is to be used to cover the loss incurred in the theft of equipment and materials from the school's vocational shop. Rick Ingram, shop instructor, will have full discretion to utilize the funds in accordance with policies and procedures normally followed in instructional allocations.