A Monroe County Schools supervisor has
been named Blount County Schools' new special education supervisor.
Amanda Vance of Madisonville, who has
been the Monroe County School System's special education supervisor
since 2008, will replace Scott Kirkham, who is joining Maryville City
Schools as a school psychologist. Kirkham spent 13 years in Blount
County Schools, serving as a school counselor, school psychologist
and special education supervisor for the past six years.
"We are excited to welcome Amanda
Vance to Blount County School's leadership team," said Blount
County Assistant Director of Schools David Murrell. "With her vast
knowledge and experience in special education, she will continue the
tradition of excellence in our special education department."
Vance's responsibilities in Monroe
County included all federal reporting, budget management for special
education, collaborating with school principals regarding special
education issues and managing other contracted services including
occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and psychological
services, and implementing district level expectations regarding
testing and accountability.
"We wish Amanda the best," said
Monroe County Director of Schools Mike Lowry. "She's an outstanding
individual and has contributed in many ways to our special education
program's continued growth and success."
Vance began her career in Monroe County
as a special education teacher in 1998. She joined the administrative
team in 2002.
She is looking forward to the new
challenge in Blount County.
"I am excited about the opportunity
to work with the innovative, student-focused team in Blount County," said Vance. "I look forward to continuing the work of assisting
students with disabilities meet their maximum potential."
Until a replacement is hired, Monroe
County Federal Programs Director Dan Schlafer will serve as the
interim special education supervisor for the system, while continuing
his other job duties.
"Mr. Schlafer will do a great job
during the transition," said Lowry. "We don't want to make a rush
The special education supervisor job
has been posted on the school system's website and Lowry said
applications have already started coming in.
"We have some good, qualified
applicants so far," he said. "We're looking for someone with both
an administrative and special education background."
Lowry said while the system will miss
Vance, he is confident they will find someone to continue to move the
department in a positive direction.
"We'll move forward with optimism," he said.
The Maryville Daily Times contributed to this report.