Charles Lawson

Dr. Charles Lawson, the principal at East Middle School in Tullahoma, has been selected to take over the Coffee County director of schools position left vacant by the spring resignation of LaDonna McFall.  Pictured here, he was interviewed by the Coffee County Board of Education on Tuesday, May 21.

The Coffee County Board of Education voted Monday, July 1, to enter into contract negotiations with Tullahoma middle school principal Dr. Charles Lawson to be the next director of Coffee County Schools.

Lawson, currently principal at East Middle School, was interviewed for the position on May 21.

He has 16 total years of teaching experience in Idaho, Alaska and Tennessee.

Lawson’s leadership style, experience and thoughtful approach will help him fulfill the duties of director of schools, said board member Shannon Duncan.

Lawson was nominated by board member Pat Barton. The motion was seconded by Sandra Klonaris. Also voting in favor of Lawson were Duncan, Chairman Brett Henley, Gary Nester. Esther Sims cast the sole dissenting vote.  Freda Jones was absent.

After the motion was approved, Chairman Brett Henley said discussions about specifics of the contract would start immediately and continue at the board’s July 8 meeting.

If the contract is signed, Lawson will replace LaDonna McFall, who left the position earlier this year to serve as director in Roane County. 

Joe Pedigo is currently serving as interim director of Coffee County schools.

The contract between the school board and McFall will be used as a basis for drafting the new document, which will be “tailored for something you would like to see our next director of schools do in a better or different fashion that what is explained here,” said Henley.

Lawson was one of five candidates interviewed for the position.  Also considered were Kim Aaron, Dr. Keith Cornelius, Scott Hargrove and Dr. John Ash.

Lawson is married and has two children.  He lives on a family farm in Hillsboro.