Washington Co. BOE moves forward to hire Jerry Boyd of Middle Tenn. as next director of schools


Editor’s Note: The Washington County Board of Education mistitled Jerry Boyd as a doctor in its superintendent search final report. Boyd is currently working on his doctorate.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Members of the Washington County, Tennessee Board of Education met Monday to narrow the search for the next director of schools.

In an 8-1 vote, BOE members decided to move forward with negotiations to hire Jerry Boyd as the next director of schools.

“Just certain things about Dr. Boyd stuck out, his experience, the way he approached the board, the way he approached the board, his openness to discuss things,” said board chair, Jason Day. “I just felt like personally he was a really good fit for our system.”

Day says Boyd’s recommendations gave high remarks leaving him to anticipate a smooth transition despite the change during the pandemic.

“It seems like it’s just a breath of fresh air around here as to what it was and I feel confident that we’ll move forward gracefully,” said Day.

Boyd also isn’t concerned about moving into his new role at this time.

“We can talk about measurements, we can talk about assessment data or student achievement data but I think the first priority of mine will be to connect so that we understand what direction we are going together and how we’re going to get there,” he said.

According to his resume, Boyd currently works at the Tennessee Department of Education in Nashville as the Assistant Commissioner for Standards and Materials & District Operations.

“I’ve still been able to connect and work with districts but not quite the way that I like and love,” said Boyd. “I know where my place is. It’s in a school system.”

Boyd previously served as the director of schools in Putnam County.

“I’m actually most excited about getting back to work that’s closest to where the important work is and that’s in the classroom, serving to support that as the district leader,” Boyd said. “I don’t think there’s a better job that exists.”

Officials with the school system previously told News Channel 11 they planned to announce their appointment in early March with the new director of schools assuming the position on July 1.

Dr. Bill Flanary announced in January he would be retiring after 39 years.

You can watch Monday’s board of education meeting on our WJHL Facebook page below.

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