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BEARDEN | Cory Smith back at Rocky Hill Cory Smith has returned as principal of Rocky Hill Elementary School following military service. Smith, who has been principal since 2005, served Cory Smith a one-year deployment with the U.S. Army. Roddy joins STEM hub Former City Council member Marilyn Roddy has been chosen as KARST project manager by a 9-member advisory board. Her $77,000 salary is funded through the Race to the Top grant Marilyn Roddy and she will be based at the L&N STEM Academy. Since Knox County is the lead agency for the regional STEM project, Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre approved the appointment last week, saying it is a role that fits well with Roddy’s skills. The KARST hub is a regional partnership of educational, business, scientific, and research institutions and groups organized to promote and support high quality STEM education in the region. It includes 19 school districts and 11 counties that surround Knox County. KARST is part of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, where there are “platform schools” that connect partners in the region and establish best practices for STEM. The L&N STEM Academy is one of six platform schools across the state. Index A2 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7 A8 A10 A10 Sect B 10512 Lexington Dr., Ste. 500 37932 (865) 218-WEST (9378) GENERAL MANAGER Shannon Carey EDITOR Sandra Clark BEARDEN REPORTER Wendy Smith ADVERTISING SALES Patty Fecco Shopper-News is a member of KNS Media Group, published weekly at 10512 Lexington Drive, Suite 500, Knoxville, TN, and distributed to 24,267 homes in Bearden. drops anchor in West Knox By Wendy Smith Linda Meier spent three years campaigning for Trader Joe’s to come to Knoxville, and on Friday, all those emails paid off. By 8:30 a.m., her cart was already full of things she can’t find anywhere else, like Lacey’s Cookies and dried cherries. She was all smiles. “I’m not just happy. I’m ecstatic.” The new store is located in Suburban Plaza, next door to Toys R Us. Early morning shoppers were greeted with leis and the rhythm of the Bearden High School drumline. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and City Council members George Wallace and Finbarr Saunders participated in the grand opening. Rogero, who attended the Publix opening the previous week, said she is encouraged that both companies say the community can support the new stores. Trader Joe’s looks nothing like its larger competitors. The low shelving allows customers to see the entire store from the front Easton Cox disappears behind a box of Joe-Joe’s while his mother, Melissa Cox, and sister, Makenlee Cox, shop at the new Trader Joe’s. Photo by Wendy Smith door. The food looks different, too, because it’s all privately labeled for Trader Joe’s. That means customers won’t find the usual brand names, but Whitney Cole, one of the store’s “mates,” says they’ll find better food, at lower prices. She recommends the fresh pasta stuffed with butternut squash. Like Meier, Melissa Cox has been anticipating the arrival of Trader Joe’s in Knoxville. She shopped early with her children, Makenlee and Easton. “We moved here from California six years ago, and we’ve waited for this day.” Cox likes the store’s natu- ral and organic offerings. The private label makes everything less expensive, she says. So she looks forward to shopping for staples, like ketchup, as well as favorite items, like Trader Joe’s fiveseed almond bars. She first tried the almond bars in California and has enjoyed them ever since. School leadership is key Bearden High ■ There is one change at Bearden where John Morgan Shinlever, a former Bearden High teacher, replaces assistant principal Scott Witt, whose new assignment was not known at press time. broad leadership.” McIntyre outlines selection process ‘Difficult decisions’ By Jake Mabe Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre said selecting school administrators is “the most important thing I do” and “I take the job of putting the right school leaders in the right place seriously.” McIntyre said he personally interviews each one. “It’s that important. It’s not something I take lightly and I make the decision based on what’s in the best interest of the school and particularly of the children.” Responding to recent Shopper-News stories in which we questioned personnel decisions at Shannondale Elementary and Halls High, McIntyre said there are times when he has to make difficult decisions. He said principal Jack Nealy (formerly principal at West Valley Middle School) “brings to Shannondale what it needs to be a continuing success,” and he denied that Halls High assistant principal Jason Webster was transferred to the L&N STEM Academy involuntarily. McIntyre acknowledged different philosophies about leadership. “I believe it’s good to keep a principal in place for plenty of time but I also think it’s valuable for assistant principals to have a variety of experiences and SALES S ALES • SERVICE SERVICE • MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE McIntyre filled more than 50 school-level administrative positions for this academic year, leaving 30 former principals or assistant principals unassigned to administration. Many retired or quit, but some were reassigned to the classroom. That process was brutal. A veteran administrator told us: “I was called to Dr. McIntyre’s office and placed at a conference table. He came into the room (along with two others) and said, ‘You’re a nice (person), but not a good fit. I’m placing you back in the classroom.’ “He got up and left and that was it. I gave my heart and soul to (my school) and didn’t even get a handshake for the trouble.” Instead, this administrator will take a multi-thousand dollar pay cut. Seeking legal recourse, the educator discovered that Tennessee is a rightto-work state, which in part means a superintendent is not required to give a reason for personnel changes. Currently, 29 lawsuits are pending against Knox County Schools, 11 of which were filed by staff on personnel issues, according to Law Director Joe Jarret. Others include personal injury cases as teachers are not eligible for workers’ compensation. A Nashville law firm has been contracted by the West High Cantrell’s Cares Steve Killian, assistant principal and athletic director, has been an AP since 2001 with the last four years at West. Photo by Ruth White Shannon Siebe is curriculum principal, a position she held last year. She replaced Donna Fielden who retired. Tennessee Education Association to handle lawsuits on behalf of its members. Courtney Wilbert, a partner in that firm, said no cases are currently set, although five cases were consolidated and heard in April by Chancellor Daryl Fansler. New are Rekha Sharma, an out-of-district new hire, who replaced Amos Whitehead, reassigned to teach science at Carter Middle; and Jason Myers, a former teacher at Fulton High, who replaced Julie Liford, who will teach science at Powell High School. Leadership Academy Development of effective school leadership is a major component of the school system’s strategic plan. McIntyre is tasked to “create strong leadership at each school.” Three years ago McIntyre recommended and the school board created the Leadership Academy, a program to which aspiring principals apply. Those selected are paid for a year as an assistant principal, working with an experienced mentor principal. One day each week is spent in coursework with experienced practitioners. It’s all under the leader- Keep Your Me Memories emo SAFE! $10 OFF $50 PURCHASE Family Fami Fa mily mi lyy B Bus Business u in us ines esss Se es Serv Serving r in rv ng You Y u for Yo ffo or Over Ovver 15 15 Years Ye ear as 5715 Tazewellll Pike 5715 Old Old dT Pik Pi k • 687-2520 687 252 5 0 ■ The leadership team has substantial change. Katherine Banner begins her second year as head principal. Dr. Jim McIntyre says his hiring decisions are based on “what’s best for kids and the educational program.” Preserve those old Pr reels, slides & vhs tapes today! 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No longer Samples are always available in Smokey’s Corner at the rear of the store. “Captain” Aimee Paweler, the store’s manager, says the company searches out the best items from around the world for its stores. “We have the basics to the exotic, and we pass on the savings.” and Maridonna Beltran replaces Dr. Janet Mobley. Bluegrass ■ Sandy Roach is the new principal, replacing Reggie Mosley. She was previously principal at Corryton Elementary. Mosley is head principal at Sarah Moore Greene. Rocky Hill ■ Cory Smith is back as principal after completing military assignment. Gwynne Carey, former principal at Beaumont Elementary, is the assistant principal. Interim principal Crystal Marcum is now principal at Fountain City Elementary School. West Hills ■ Shelli Eberle, formerly first grade teacher at New Hopewell, is assistant principal, replacing Connie Cole who retired. West Valley ■ Renee’ D. Kelly was elevated from assistant to head principal, replacing Jack Nealy who was reassigned to Shannondale Elementary. David Claxton is assistant principal, coming from South Doyle High School where he was a mentor teacher. is the assistant principal’s chair a pre-retirement spot for aging coaches. What’s not so clear is by what criteria the superintendent decides which principals to send back to the classroom. And how fairly are these individuals treated? 39* Introductory 1-hour massage session $

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