Wanted: Principal at Roane Co. High

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Duff taking on CTE role for the system

By Damon Lawrence

It looks like Roane County High School will have a new principal when the 2017-18 school year starts next month.

Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said Lance Duff, who had been principal at Roane County High since 2009, is now the system’s CTE director. His replacement at the high school has not been named.

“We’re still in the interview process right now, so nobody’s been named yet,” Watkins said.

CTE stands for career and technical education. Watkins said the system currently offers several CTE programs.

“We have all kind of things from personal finance, welding, criminal justice, nursing,” she said. “Those type things are some of the CTE programs that we are currently able to offer.”

CTE director is not a new position, but it will increase to a full-time job.

Watkins said Duff will be working directly with the teachers who are over those programs in each of the county’s five high schools.

Duff’s CTE director responsibilities won’t end there, however.

“He’s going to be working directly with workforce and industry to partner the school system and our students that we can make sure we’re prepared for postsecondary readiness,” Watkins said.

The first day of school is Aug. 9.

“It’s a pretty exciting time for us, to be able to grow that CTE program and to be able to offer additional things for our students,” Watkins said.

Oliver Springs Community meeting

Part of the Roane County Board of Education’s building proposal calls for moving Oliver Springs High School to Oliver Springs Middle School.

Watkins and Board Chairman Sam Cox said there will be a community meeting at Oliver Springs High School on July 24 to discuss the plan.

A small group session is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m; a come-and-go session is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend.