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A search is well underway to fill the Wilson County Schools Director position vacated by Dr. Tim Setterlund in January after issues of personal misconduct came to light.

After reviewing applications from 17 hopefuls, the Board of Education has selected seven candidates to interview at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, this Saturday. The interviews will begin at 8 a.m. and are open to the public.

Board Chairman Don Weathers said during Monday night’s regular scheduled school board meeting that he hoped to have a new director named by May 5.

“We will have the first round on Saturday and then select two to interview on May 3 … On May 5 we will hopefully announce our next director,” he said.

Interim Director Mary Ann Sparks said that the board reviewed resumes from each of the 17 initial applicants and each listed their top eight choices.

“Two of the candidates are local. Tim Bell, who is the Mt. Juliet Middle School principal and Rick Miller who is the MAP Academy principal,” she shared with The Wilson Post. “Then we have the Trousdale County Director of Schools Clint Satterfield, who is almost local.”

Other candidates include Coffee County Director of Schools Dr. LaDonda McFall, Sullivan County Director of Schools Dr. Jubal Yennie, Anderson County Supervisor Dr. Tim Parrott and Williamson County Assistant Superintendent Dr. Donna Wright.

It will be Wright’s second time as a candidate for the position. She and Setterlund were the two finalists interviewed for the Wilson County position in 2013 when former Director Mike Davis stepped down; however, Setterlund was selected.

In an April 22, 2013 article in The Post, Wright said her decision to apply for Wilson County Schools Director was partially due to the influence of her two grown children. “They made a very wise choice years ago to relocate to this area and opened a business. Wilson County is an area that I have paid attention to,” she said, noting that the county had an attractive sense of community.

Prior to the discussion about the director position, Zone 4 Board Member Ron Britt asked his fellow board members to review policy regarding students living out of county.

Britt said that the issue had been brought to his attention by concerned parents after they witnessed an “inordinate number” of out of county tags on cars as parents dropped their children off in Wilson County elementary schools.

“We owe them an answer,” he said. “We can’t be the police; however, I would ask Mrs. Sparks to ensure that each year when students register for school they continue to be a resident of Wilson County.”

Sparks responded that they were already working on creating a policy which would require “two copies of proof of residency” when registering for school.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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