School systems pursue Blevins as director

By Thomas Wilson
STAR STAFF
twilson@starhq.com

   Elizabethton City Schools' top educator is on the short list of at least one Tennessee school system considering her to become their next director of schools.
   "I have got a couple of offers," Dr. Judy Blevins confirmed on Wednesday. "There is nothing official at this time."
   One Tennessee school system considering Blevins for its next director of schools is Campbell County. That county's school board chairman, Bobby Snodderly, contacted the Star last week during a visit to Elizabethton and said the county's board of education was considering Blevins as one of the finalists for the director of schools position.
   Blevins said she was contacted about the position in Campbell County by the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) in Nashville. "I did not go shopping," she said of the interest shown by Campbell school officials. "They contacted me." She declined to name the second system pursuing her as director of schools.
   Blevins has been a teacher and administrator with the city school system for 23 years. She was appointed superintendent in October 2001 succeeding Dr. Dale Lynch, who is now superintendent with the Hamblen County school system.
   Elizabethton Board of Education member Dr. Robert Sams said it was "too hypothetical" to speculate how the board would address Blevins leaving the system.
   "Good directors are very hard to find," said Sams. "We've hired good people in the past; our employees are good people."
   The TSBA employs a "superintendent search service" to provide school boards a means of finding candidates for director of schools positions through a consultant from the association's Center for Education Leadership.
   Superintendent searches are also underway in Rutherford, Cumberland and Lawrence counties as well as the cities of Clinton and Manchester, according to the TSBA.
   Campbell County is located in north-central East Tennessee bordering the state of Kentucky and is adjacent to the Tennessee counties of Claiborne, Union, Anderson, and Scott.
   The county's Board of Education operates 11 elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, one alternative school, and an adult high school. The system has a student population of approximately 6,500 students, according to the system's Web site.