The Tullahoma City Schools Board of Education would like to hear your requests for the new head of the school system at a community meeting next month at Tullahoma High School.

According to School Board Chairman Pat Welsh, the school board is enlisting the help of the Tennessee School Boards Association in searching for the next director of schools.

At the Nov. 18 school board meeting, the board formally approved the hiring of TSBA to conduct the superintendent search.

According to Welsh, the costs associated with hiring TSBA to conduct a “nationwide search” amount to $6,500. The board unanimously approved the costs. Board member Teresa Lawson was absent.

The board announced in a Tuesday press release that TSBA Executive Director Tammy Grissom would be in town to hear the “issues and challenges facing our school system.”

The release states a special “community forum” has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the lecture hall at THS, where parents and students can relay to Grissom what needs must be met for the new superintendent.

“We urge everyone to take the time to let us know what leadership skills will be needed to effectively serve Tullahoma students,” the release states. “Your comments will help us determine the criteria to be used in selecting our new Director of Schools. The selection of our next Director of Schools is very important to us all and we look forward to your assistance with this decision.”

The meeting will last approximately one hour, according to the release.

For more information, contact the school administration building at 454-2600. A full copy of the release can be found on our website, or on our Facebook page.

Erin McCullough may be reached at

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