Macon County Chronicle

Jimmy Wheeley Elected Interim Director of Macon County Schools

Three candidates, Jimmy Wheeley, Andy Scruggs and David Woods, interviewed for the position of interim director during a special called Board of Education meeting on Monday, July 20, but after a secret vote, Wheeley was selected to fill the position beginning August 1, 2009.

Wheeley, who started his career in education in 1970, was a teacher at Westside Elementary School and Macon County High School, a football and basketball coach and served a 3-year term as superintendent of schools before retiring in 2000.

In January of 2001, he began his current position as CTE (career and technical education) director.

“My number one goal would be to unite the board, the schools and the central office staff,” Wheeley said during his interview. “I would keep this ship afloat and I have no intention of making any drastic changes until I see how the directorship goes.”

Before the vote to hire an interim director, the board agreed to suspend a portion of policy 5.801, which states that an interim director could not be considered for the position of director, after several candidates voiced their intent to pull out as candidates if the position would not be available to them.

After the board approved the motion to do so, Brenda Eller, who was not interested in the position of Director, pulled out of the race, leaving Wheeley, Woods and Scruggs to vie for the position.

In the motion to hire Wheeley as interim director, the board offered assurance that, in the event he was not hired as director, he would return to his former position in the school system at the same rate of pay.

Wheeley’s pay as interim director will be decided based on the state’s pay scale, a formula based on experience and education.     

Summing up his reasons for applying for the interim position Wheeley told the board, “I’ve spent my entire career in the school system and I have a certain loyalty to it. I want to see it do well.”

The board voted to begin interviewing for the position of director of Macon County Schools next Tuesday, July 28th at 6 p.m.