For the third time in as many years, the Moore County Board of Education is seeking a principal to fill a vacated position at Lynchburg Elementary School.
Director of Schools Chad Moorehead announced Tuesday that the board of education was in the process of replacing Steve Green, who spent the 2013-14 school year at LES. Green was hired last summer to replace Thomas Fuhrman, who had resigned to take a similar position in Manchester.
At the time, Green topped 15 other applicants for the position. LES has had three principals in the last three years, with Buddy Smith the last principal to hold the post for a single school year.
Green informed Moorehead on Monday of his decision to take a similar position at another school.
“He has taken a position at a school that is closer to home,” said Moorehead. “He is actually going to be working over in Georgia now. The commute was the problem. He had an active application that he had last year when he interviewed with us. They called him and basically offered him the job in a 24-hour period.
“I was surprised and I was disappointed. We had several discussions about him returning next year. I definitely think Lynchburg Elementary School is in a better position because he was there for the last year.”
Prior to Green, Fuhrman held the position for just one year after taking over from Smith. Smith was at LES for four years — overseeing much of the school’s expansion project in the process — before taking the principal’s position at Moore County High School.
Before that, Danny Mooney served as the principal at LES for two years. Like Smith, Mooney moved to MCHS as the principal there. When he eventually took a position in the school system’s central office, the domino effect led to Smith moving to the high school and Fuhrman being hired at LES.
Green spent five years as the principal at Brownwood Elementary School in Scottsboro, Ala., before accepting the position here in Lynchburg.
During last year’s hiring process, applicants from four different states — Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and Tennessee — showed interest in the position. Those included applicants from Bedford County, Coffee County, Lincoln County and Moore County.
“I have posted it and will basically start from scratch,” Moorehead added. “I think we’ll have several applicants. It’s just a matter of finding the right person before the school year begins. It’s kind of late in the summer to be looking for a principal.”
Moorehead said he had two phone calls regarding the vacant position within 30 minutes of sending out an e-mail.
Anyone interested in the current position should submit applications to Chad Moorehead, Director of Schools at the Moore County Board of Education, P.O. Box 219, Lynchburg, TN 37352. (Physical address: 241 Main Street Suite).
Applications can be obtained on the school system’s website at <www.moorecountyschools.net> or can be completed online at <www.teachers-teachers.com>.
—By ROBERT HOLMAN, editor & publisher (firstname.lastname@example.org)