Pikeville Elementary School Principal James Ellis has been offered the contract for Bledsoe County’s next Director of Schools by the Bledsoe County Board of Education. The Board offered Ellis the contract at a special called meeting on Tuesday, June 16, and the meeting was recessed until Friday to negotiate the contract he was offered.
The Board chose their final candidate out of the top two consisting of Ellis and Millington Middle School Principal Selina Sparkman.
The decision to offer Ellis the contract was unanimous by Board Members Vincent Boring, Andy Billingsley, Stacy Farmer, Jacob Frady, Carolyn Oakes, Bron Reece, and Don Snow.
Ellis told Board members he wanted to negotiate and change some things regarding the contract he was offered.
He said an example of something he wanted to negotiate was spousal insurance in the contract, because his wife does not need health insurance like the current director’s spouse. He explained he would like to roll that money over to salary.
Board Member Farmer brought up that the salary Ellis was offered was what Terry received after being director for eight years.
“I’ve seen this salary right here,” Ellis told the Board. “I know there’s somebody in the system making more money. I’m not asking for any more money, I want to be clear about that. But if that’s the salary, I’m not interested. I’m just going to be very blunt and honest.”
Contract negotiations will take place Friday, June 19, at 6:00 p.m. at Bledsoe County Middle School.
For more, see the June 25 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.