Carter County starts new year with several personnel changes near the top

John Thompson • Aug 10, 2019 at 11:03 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A new year starts Monday for the Carter County School System, and there are new programs and personnel changes.

There will be some personnel changes near the top of the organization, but a planned change of the system’s director has not taken place because Kevin Ward has agreed to lead the school for another year before retiring.

There has been changes in some of the top supervisor positions. Mike Miller has retired as elementary supervisor, and rather than just appoint a replacement, Ward has used the vacancy to make structural changes at the top of the system administration.

Instead of two supervisors dividing up their work as elementary supervisor and secondary supervisor, the two supervisors will now divide the work differently. One will take responsibility for all curriculum from kindergarten through 12th grade and the other supervisor will be handling all student services from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Danny McClain has served as secondary supervisor for many years. He will give up that role and will supervise student services from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Diana Bowers will take the new post as K-12 curriculum supervisor. Last year, she served as principal of Unaka Elementary School.

There are also new principals for four of the system’s schools. Larissa Trivette succeeds Bowers as principal at Unaka Elementary. Jaclyn Wilson is the new principal at Valley Forge Elementary.

The two new high school principals are Richard Church at Cloudland High School and Doug Mitchell at Happy Valley High School.

Although tomorrow is the first day of the new school year, teachers and supervisors have been busy getting everything ready. That includes about 25 new teachers at the school system who have competed their days of the rookie teacher academy. The teachers will get several more days of the teacher academy scheduled for later in the year.

One of the changes worked on during the past few week has been a plan to have online course work and help for students who are not currently enrolled in the Carter County School System. This is a special online program that will help such students and parents of home schoolers land others to get credits and assistance. This will also benefit the school system, because those students can be counted among those who are enrolled in the school system.

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