July 1 marked a change for Roane County Schools.
Leah Rice Watkins took over as director of schools, replacing Gary Aytes, who retired on June 30.
Watkins said she appreciates the welcome she’s received from the community so far.
“I look forward to serving them and working to grow the school system and continue the good works that have been started,” she said.
The Roane County Board of Education picked Watkins in April to succeed Aytes. Her four-year contract started on July 1 and expires on June 30, 2020.