Charles Lawson

Dr. Charles Lawson

The Coffee County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday, July 8, to sign a three-year contract with former East Middle School principal Dr. Charles Lawson to serve as director of Coffee County Schools.

The contract is valued at $115,000 per year.  Lawson assumed his new role from interim director Joe Pedigo on Wednesday.

Lawson replaces Dr. LaDonna McFall, who left the position earlier this year to serve as director in Roane County.  He brings with him 16 years of teaching experience in Idaho, Alaska and Tennessee.

“I appreciate this opportunity,” Lawson said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve Coffee County … This is my third go-around through Coffee County Schools – first as a student, second time as a teacher and now as an administrator.”


Last week’s school board meeting

Contract negotiations began immediately following the county school board’s July 1 vote to hire Lawson.  The motion to hire Lawson, proposed by board member Pat Barton and seconded by Sandra Klonaris, passed with only one dissenting vote, that of Esther Sims.

Lawson was one of five candidates interviewed for the position. His interview took place May 21. Also considered were Scott Hargrove, Kim Aaron, Dr. Keith Cornelius and Dr. John Ash.

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