Administrators make moves in area schools

As one academic year ends, administrators in Blount County’s three school systems are beginning to look ahead to the fall term and filling vacancies that will occur due to retirements and reassignments.

It was previously reported that Mike Casteel will be leaving the principal’s office at Maryville High School, and Sharon Anglim, spokeswoman for Maryville City Schools said a search committee has been formed to identify a replacement for Casteel.

There is no time frame in place for the search, she said, but the system wants to get someone in position “as quickly as possible,” hopefully as soon as “early summer.”

Also, Beth Sain is retiring as assistant principal at Maryville Intermediate School, and the same process has begun to find her successor.

In addition, Rodney Nelson, a coach and history and economics teacher at MHS, is leaving to take a position as athletics director at Hiwassee College.

Anglim said the system might have more definitive information about the searches by the “end of next week.”

Rob Britt, director of Blount County Schools, said his system is “in the process” of identifying where vacancies will occur and has already posted the positions of assistant director of schools and coordinator of facilities and maintenance.

The new assistant director will replace Dr. Brian Bell, who will be taking over next year as director of Alcoa City Schools.

In addition, Chip Fuller, assistant principal and athletics director at Heritage High School will be leaving that post and be reassigned elsewhere in the system, as will Steve Lafon, principal at William Blount High School.

“There are a lot of things up in the air,” Britt said.

Attempts to reach Tom Shamblin, current director of Alcoa schools, were unsuccessful, but he is expected to retire in mid-summer, leaving the filling of any vacancies to Bell.

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