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Moore replaces Rowlett at board of ed; search continues for new TCHS principal

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By Lorrie Kinkade

By LORRIE KINKADE

The Trimble Banner

The search is on for a new principal at Trimble County High School.

After three years managing day-to-day operations at TCHS, Rebecca Moore has resigned from the school’s top administrative position to become the district’s Instructional Supervisor and Director of Federal Programs. The new positions were left vacant at the end of the 2007-08 school year, following the retirement of Sheila Rowlett.

“It wasn’t anything I had planned on or really thought much about. I thought we [she and Rowlett] would retire together. It was a bit of a shock. But as it turned out, a nice shock,” Moore said in a phone interview this week.

Prior to becoming principal of the high school in 2005, Moore taught math at the school and served as assistant principal. Before her employment with the local district began 21 years ago, she taught math in Owen County.

In her new capacity, Moore will be responsible for overseeing and developing the system’s Headstart program, as well as all Title I and Title II and other federal programs. Additionally, she will help develop grants and “serve as a resource to teachers” in all Trimble County schools, she said.

“I am looking forward to getting started,” she said just a few hours into her first day on the job. “My strengths lie in curriculum and instruction. This is a good opportunity for me.”

District Superintendent Marcia Haney-Dunaway said applications are currently being accepted for the TCHS position, which she anticipates could be filled before students return to classes Aug. 12.

“I would like to have someone in place by day one. Do I think that’s possible? Sure. I will do the first round of interviews, but ultimately its up to the site based [decision-making] council to decide who is hired,” Dunaway said.

Dunaway said regardless of whether a new administrator is there to greet students on their first day back from summer vacation, the school will be ready for classes thanks in part to Moore’s dedication.

“Becky has been up there some nights until 10 o’clock getting things ready. It’s like lately she’s been working two jobs, but that’s one of the things that makes her an asset to our schools. She’s committed.”