Board extends director's contract

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Posted 8/16/19

The Bradley County Board of Education has extended the contract of Bradley County Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash. She is now expected to serve the school district for the next four …

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The Bradley County Board of Education has extended the contract of Bradley County Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash. She is now expected to serve the school district for the next four years. 

The board voted unanimously Thursday to extend Cash’s current contract by one more year. Cash’s most recent contract, approved in June 2018, was to end June 30, 2022. Her new contract has her serving in the director’s role through 2023. 

Board Chairman Troy Weathers said the decision to go ahead and extend the contract came as a result of the positive director’s evaluation in June. Board members had given her a score of 4.72 on a 1-to-5 scale. 

“This board has been across the state, and we know what is across there and what’s available,” Weathers said. “We’ve got the best there is right here in Bradley County.” 

He also said other Tennessee school districts would probably jump at the chance to hire Cash if given the opportunity, because of her work in Bradley County. 

Weathers also praised the “heart” Cash has for children and her commitment to “doing what’s right for our kids and our teachers.” He added she also communicates well with the board and regularly “meets and even exceeds” goals set by the board. 

“I’m very grateful, but it’s not just me,” Cash said of the accomplishments leading to the contract renewal. “I have a great team working with me, and they are actually more than me part of the success of Bradley County Schools.” 

The board also voted on a measure which will help the athletic programs at Bradley Central High School and Walker Valley High School.

Each school’s football field has a jumbotron for which advertising can be sold. A unanimous vote was made to match funds raised by the jumbotron at each school, up to $15,000. If one of the schools’ athletic departments raises $15,000 through jumbotron sales, it will also receive $15,000 from the board to be used for athletics. 

The board also voted unanimously to approve changes to the 2019-20 and 2020-21 district calendars in light of election days happening in 2020. 

Schools will be closed for students on March 3, 2020, and on Aug. 6, 2020. Those will now be staff development days. The first day of the 2020-21 school year will now be Aug. 5, 2020. 

Cash and members of the board also celebrated the district’s recent TNReady test results and Reward School designations. More details about these honors will be published in Sunday’s edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner.

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