Campbell County BOE makes offer to Blevins

By Thomas Wilson

   An East Tennessee county's board of education has made an official offer to Dr. Judy Blevins to become their next director of schools, according to the county's school board chairman.
   "We have offered her a contract," Bobby Snodderly, chairman of the Campbell County Board of Education, told the Star Monday night. "We are going to get together and draw up the contract and let her come down and go over it."
   The Campbell County school board met Monday night to consider potential candidates for the director of schools, Snodderly said. He said board representatives had confirmed the offer to Blevins shortly after the meeting.
   Snodderly did not disclose details of the offer. Blevins could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday night.
   Blevins has worked as a teacher and administrator in the Elizabethton 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.
   Representatives of the Campbell County system visited Elizabethton roughly two weeks ago and acknowledged the board of education was considering Blevins as one of the finalists for the director of schools position. Blevins confirmed last week that the Tennessee School Boards Association had contacted her about the Campbell County position. Dr. Robert J. Smallridge has served as the interim director of schools for Campbell County.
   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 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.