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Roane County Board of Education Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley has scheduled a special-called meeting to discuss the director of schools situation.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 8.
“I advise all board members to be here,” Langley said at Thursday’s board meeting.
Director of Schools Toni McGriff’s contract is set to expire on June 30. The board has neither voted to extend the contract nor start the search for a new director.
“I was catching a little heat over the superintendent thing,” Langley said. “There’s legal things that you got to do when you do this. Ninety days is plenty of time for us to do our job here.”
Board Member Frank Mee said he’s happy Langley scheduled the meeting.
“Any process we get started I’m looking forward to just to let people know that the job’s open right now and encourage anyone interested in it to apply,” Mee said.
Board Member Everett Massengill said he’s not sure what’s planned for the meeting.
“You heard what I heard,” he said.
Langley said the special-called meeting is “on the direction of the superintendent.” He wouldn’t get specific when asked what that meant.
“Discussion of the superintendent,” he said.
McGriff has been the director of schools since 2005. Her original contract was for four years.
In November 2007, the board voted 7-3 to give her a two-year contract extension.
McGriff said she wasn’t interested in discussing her future plans with the school system when asked about it last week.
“I’m near the end of my career in public education,” she said at Thursday’s board meeting.