Blevins has not received contract

By Thomas Wilson

   The director of Elizabethton City Schools says she has yet to receive an actual contract proposal to become director of the Campbell County school system.
   "I haven't received anything document-wise from them -- no offer, no contract," said Blevins on Thursday. "They have a 10-member board, so I'm not expecting anything here quickly by any means.
   "It's not really a top priority for me right now."
   She declined comment on what decision she would make regarding an offer from Campbell County. The chairman of Campbell's board of education confirmed on Monday that a verbal offer had been extended to Blevins.
   An employee as a teacher and administrator with the city system for 23 years, Blevins has approximately two years remaining on her contract with Elizabethton City Schools. She holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree as a reading specialist from East Tennessee State University. She went on to obtain her doctorate at ETSU in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with an emphasis in Special Education. In her most recent evaluation by the city board of education, Blevins received a score of 9.5 out of a possible 10.
   Blevins said the system's top priority during the past week had been interviewing applicants of staff positions for the next school year. She said she had spent two days interviewing mostly paraprofessional applicants including cooks to fill the ranks of school system staff. The city school system is also searching for a director of Special Education and two assistant principals at Elizabethton High School.
   Current EHS assistant principals Randy Little and Amber Honeycutt have elected to return to the classroom, Blevins said. The system's director of special education, Dr. Carol Whaley, resigned in May.
   Blevins said administration had not begun interviewing candidates for the special education position.