By Heather Mullinix
The Cumberland County Board of Education is now taking applications for the position of director of schools. Interested candidates have until Feb. 22 to complete their application packet.
A flyer detailing information about the school system and community, as well as items needed for the initial screening, is available at ccschools.k12tn.net. Applicants need to submit a letter of interest, current résumé, transcripts from universities and letters of reference and the names and contact information for five current professional references in a sealed envelope labeled "2013 Director Search" and mail to Cumberland County Schools, Attention: Director of Schools Search, 368 Fourth St., Crossville, TN 38555.
Application packets will remain sealed until Feb. 22, when Wayne Qualls, a consultant retained by the board to conduct the search, will screen the application materials and recommend the top candidates for interviews.
The board hopes to have a new director assume the position June 1, 2013, prior to the expiration of current Director of Schools Aarona VanWinkle's retirement June 31, when her contract expires.
At it's December meeting, the Cumberland County Board of Education took the following action:
•approved disposal of surplus property from the central office, Career and Technical Education program, Food Service and Special Education departments;
•added Ice Chalet of Knoxville to the approved field trip list for a Feb. 22 reward trip for The Phoenix School;
•approved a field trip to Whitwell Children's Holocaust Memorial for the English 12 class at The Phoenix School;
•approved a trip to the Warrior Invitational in Calhoun, GA, March 23 to allow the Cumberland County High School track team to compete; and
•approved an overnight trip April 19-20 to Johnson City to allow the CCHS track team to compete in the Tri-Cities Classic.