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BOE recognizes school system retirees, grants teacher tenure

SCMS teacher Stephanie Merriman was granted tenure at the June 4 meeting of the Sequatchie County Board of Education.

CORRECTION 6/5/2018 5:05 p.m.:  The spelling of Diane Holland's name has been corrected.

June 5, 2018 – The Sequatchie County Board of Education (BOE) honored three retiring employees and granted tenure to a teacher at their Monday night meeting.


Bobby Perkins has worked for 27 ½ years as night custodian at Griffith Elementary School, during which time the school has grown from 24 classrooms to 70. GES Vice-Principal Tammy Clayton introduced Perkins at the June 4 meeting.

The other vice-principal at GES, Martha Ann Land, introduced teacher Rhonda Mosley, who, she said, “had the largest number of students in her class this year.”

She was also given a student who spoke no English in fourth grade,” Land said. “She loved God, loved her students, and loved her teammates.”

The third employee retiring this year from the school system is Diane Holland, who has worked 31 years in food service, for all three county schools. Sequatchie County Middle School (SCMS) Principal Devona Smith introduced her.

They are three assets to our system that we are really going to miss,” Director Pete Swafford said.

Griffith Elementary Vice-Principal Martha Ann Land (right) introduces teacher Rhonda Mosley (left), who was being honored on her retirement.


The BOE also granted tenure to Stephanie Merriman, who teaches at SCMS.

She runs Language Arts RTI,” Principal Smith said. “And she schedules Braves Block.” This is her 10th year teaching in Tennessee, Smith said.


Principal Tommy Layne and Assistant Principal Regina Belknap of Sequatchie County High School (SCHS) addressed the board, telling them that SCHS was listed in the top 25 percent of high schools in the United States by U. S. News & World Report magazine.

Sequatchie County High School was awarded a Bronze Medal, which means we're in the top 25 percent of high schools in the nation,” Layne said.

Belknap explained the award is determined on several criteria, including graduation rate, offering challenging courses, and students exceeding expectations on state testing.

This is Sequatchie County's award,” Layne said, pointing out that everyone contributed to it, from the bus drivers to the community members who awarded scholarships on Honors Night, to teachers who go the extra mile.

At the start of the year, we identified 20 kids that were not going to graduate,” Layne recalled. “We had a group of teachers that said, 'Yes, they are!'” Those volunteer teachers spent their own time working with the kids, calling the parents, making sure the students succeeded, he said.

Only four out of the 20 did not graduate,” Layne said, “and three of those are in summer school.”

Sequatchie County High School Principal Tommy Layne (left) and Asst. Principal Regina Belknap (right) told the school board about their school's recognition on a national ranking of high schools.

The Sequatchie County BOE gave their approval for Swafford to present the 2018-19 school budget to the County Commission with no tax increase.

In other business, the BOE:

All board members were present at Monday's meeting except for Sam Hudson. All votes were unanimous.

The Sequatchie County Board of Education meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. CDT at the Central Office on Cordell Drive in Dunlap. The next meeting will be Monday, July 2. Meetings are open to the public.