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Stewart interim superintendent
says schools are on the right track
From the August 28, 2013 newspaper
By Chip Jones
Diane Watkins was selected as the interim superintendent for Stewart County schools at a May 21 called meeting of the Board of Education (BOE) that lasted a mere 23 minutes. In that same meeting the sitting chair was replaced.
Samuel Jones and former chair Thereatha Redding voted against hiring Watkins. David Barrett, who replaced Redding as chair, Kesha Nelson and Austin Taylor voted for the motion to hire Watkins. Former superintendent, Floyd Fort, had recommended Watkins as his replacement.
Watkins, who has previously served Webster and Randolph Counties, will be in the interim position in Stewart Co. until Dec. 31. At that time she fully expects the county to have a permanent superintendent on the job Jan. 1, 2014.
She assured The Journal that she feels confident a good candidate can be selected by that date. Watkins says she has pledged to continue policies that are in place during her term.
Test scores are already high, she said. We will maintain that and hope to do more, but it will take a lot of work. Everybody is on board to maintain where we are.
There were some serious issues with the Stewart Co. BOE at the end of the last school term. Redding had at least one ...Click here for the rest of the story.