Haley announces retirement

Posted By | October 12, 2009 12:00 am

Donny Haley

At the monthly White County School Board meeting on Oct. 8, the Board reluctantly approved a letter of resignation from Superintendent of Schools Donny Haley, who stated he would be retiring effective June 1, 2010.
His letter stated, “I have enjoyed my many years as teacher, coach and as your Superintendent of Schools…. I am leaving because I feel that now is the time for you to employ someone who can further advance the educational process for the future and greater vision for all White County students.”
“Twenty years is a long time to serve as a director,” said Board Chairman Gary Sparkman. “As we all know, Mr. Haley is admired by every director in the state of Tennessee, and he’s done great things for White County. I can say education is much better now in White County than it was 20 years ago.”
“And I will say I truly, truly appreciate your service,” stated former Board Chairperson Barbara Jared. “Our school system is in great shape, and it’s directly related to your service, your work, your diligence, your commitment, and your leadership. I really, really appreciate you.”
Haley did not comment on his future plans, but said he will miss his colleagues, students, and the entire educational family in White County.
The process to find a replacement for Haley should begin soon. The policy committee will meet to develop an action plan, which should begin with taking applications for the position and evaluating candidates, who will eventually be voted on by the Board.
In other business, the Board approved the five-year System Improvement Plan for the White County School system.
The purpose of the plan is to provide specific goals, objectives and strategies to meet the requirements of providing a quality educational program for all students. It takes into consideration curriculum and instruction, accountability and assessment, fiscal resources, facilities and transportation, personnel, and family and community involvement.
In other business, the Board:
•Approved a field trip for the Virtual Enterprise class at White County High School to participate in the Tennessee Trade Fair in Pigeon Forge and three separate field trips for White County Middle School, including a November 2009 trip to Huntsville Space and Rocket Center in Alabama; a December 2009 weekend trip to Gatlinburg to visit Ripley’s Aquarium, Ripley’s Museum, the Wonder Works Museum, Ober Gatlinburg, Dollywood, and the Dixie Stampede; and a May 2010 trip to Wesley Woods Environmental Education Center in Walland, Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend, Cades Cove, and the Planetarium in Maryville,
Chairman Sparkman also presented Jared with a plaque expressing the Board’s thanks and recognizing her valued service to White County as former chairperson.
The board also:
•Approved the textbook adoption committee for 2009-2010
•Approved certification of compliance that students have been furnished textbooks per Tennessee Code Annotated Section 49-3-310(4)(A)
•Approved the School Compliance Report
•Approved budget amendments/transfers for Title 1 monies to reflect actual changes in the budget.
•Heard a report on current building projects from Board member Kenneth Robinson
•Heard a profile of Cassville Elementary by Dr. Geeta McMillan, principal
•Heard a presentation from Cassville student Ron Stegall about the swallowtail butterfly
•Heard a report from PTO president Misty Stegall about the organization’s achievements and activities
•Heard a presentation of books about the American flag for the Cassville school library from Board member Donna Jones to Principal McMillan

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