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Huntingdon School Board Begins Search For Director

By Joel Washburn washburn@mckenziebanner.com
Posted 11/24/20

HUNTINGDON (November 19) — Huntingdon Special School District is beginning its search for a new director of schools. Pat Dillahunty is retiring after 12 years as director.Dillahunty started …

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Huntingdon School Board Begins Search For Director

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HUNTINGDON (November 19) — Huntingdon Special School District is beginning its search for a new director of schools. Pat Dillahunty is retiring after 12 years as director.

Dillahunty started with the school system as a teacher’s assistant and quickly moved to a position of secretary, a position she held for seven years. She left her employment to seek a college degree and returned as a fourth and sixth grade teacher. She served as principal for five years and director for 12.

Meeting at the Huntingdon Middle School cafetorium to achieve proper social distancing, the Board of Education heard Chairman Dr. Lee Carter outline the plan of action to select the next director. The notice will be released through the Tennessee School Boards Association and other directors of schools to find candidates for the position. The deadline to submit one’s application is January 12. The application should include a formal letter of interest, a current resume, information about all certifications and licenses, university transcripts, and at least five professional references.

Minimum qualifications include a professional educator’s license, a master’s degree in education with a preference for a doctorate and three years of successful experience in school administration.

Carter said the board will interview three to five candidates, who will also visit with a limited number of persons in the community.

Cameron Morey, who moved his family from Crockett County to what he characterized as the “best” school system and town, advocated for the school to add soccer to its list of sports at the middle and high schools. He said his daughter, Olivia Noonan and others travel to other cities to play the sport. Morey said he played Division I college soccer and is a USC licensed soccer coach and would help with the program at school. Lindsey Barnett, a teacher, said she would be interested in coaching. A survey of students indicated 68 were interested at the high school and a total of 90 of last year’s eighth graders were interested. Women’s soccer is in the fall and men’s is in the spring. Morey said parents and members of the community raised $5,000 last year for soccer programs. Approximately $3,400 of those funds were used for goals, nets, and other equipment. The HHS football field is ideal for the sport.

Board member Tim Tucker said the business owners in Huntingdon have many requests to help finance sports programs. They can’t be strapped anymore. Tucker said the school funds the coach and the booster club funds the team.

No decision was made whether or not to start soccer.

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