Campbell County School System expected to offer Blevins contract

By Thomas Wilson

   The Campbell County Board of Education is expected to draw up a contract agreement making Dr. Judy Blevins its next director of schools this week.
   The Campbell County BOE voted 7-3 last month to select Blevins as their next director of schools. Board Chairman Bobby Snodderly said the board expected to draw up the final contract for Blevins on Monday night.
   The duration of the contract could range from three to four years. "We're thinking in terms of three years," said Snodderly. "Whether or not that's acceptable to her we don't know.
   "It is hard to ask someone to sell out and move for two years."
   Snodderly said Blevins had indicated she would like to get the contract process "speeded up as quick as possible."
   Blevins recently told the LaFollette Press newspaper she was "humbled and excited" to have been chosen from among 31 candidates vying for the position. "I'm excited about working in Campbell County and becoming a 'Campbell Countian,'" Blevins told the LaFollette Press. She did not return a telephone call on Monday from the Star seeking comment.
   The base pay compensation is $88,000 approximately, and includes a benefits and retirement package that pushes the total annual compensation package to roughly $105,000, according to Snodderly. The benefits package includes health and life insurance, an expense account, and a retirement fund in addition to the state's retirement plan for public educators.
   Located roughly 30 miles northwest of Knoxville, Campbell County schools are comprised of 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 5,900 students, according to latest numbers.
   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.
   Blevins later obtained her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from ETSU 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.