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Position Available


Oak Ridge Schools seek applicants for the position of Oak Ridge High School Principal.  This is the only high school in the Oak Ridge community; a top 100 rated school community, as well as an educational and scientific center, located west of the Knoxville, Tennessee metropolitan area. A sixty-one million dollar building renovation was completed in 2008.  The remodeled facility received several state and national awards for design and construction.  The school serves 1409 students in grades 9-12 with a faculty of 110 staff members.

The high school principalship is a twelve-month position with 24 paid vacation days and 10 paid holidays.  Salary ranges for this position in the proposed 2015 - 2016 school budget will be $78,756 – 106,041.  A generous benefits package is also available.  Salary will be negotiated within the prescribed range and training and experience will be taken into consideration. 

An applicant for this position must hold a minimum of a Master’s degree and must have or be able to obtain a Tennessee secondary principal license.  The person who receives this appointment will be required to reside in the City of Oak Ridge.

The successful candidate must have a record of success that demonstrates a strong commitment to students, scholarship, creative leadership and initiative, a solid background in curriculum and instruction and technology, positive community relations, and effective oral and written communication skills.  The role of the secondary principal focuses most sharply on educational leadership, i.e., the curriculum, instruction and professional improvement of the staff. 

Review of applications will begin on February 27, 2015.  Starting date will be July 1, 2015. 

Interested applicants should apply on-line at  For information contact:

Office of Human Resources

Oak Ridge Schools
Oak Ridge, TN  37831-6588
Telephone:  (865) 425-9008






Congratulations to our 2014 Tennessee
Principal of Year Award Winners

High School Principal of the Year
Scott Porter - Alcoa High School

Middle School Principal of the Year
John Ash - Central Middle High Magnet in Murfreesboro, TN

Assistant Principal of the Year

Nivia Serrano - Siegel High School

Assistant Principal of the Year Applications are now available online at


Blackman High School Recognized by
Distinguished School Administrator Honor Roll

Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL) has named Mrs. Stephanie Ham, Lead Librarian for Metro-Nashville Public Schools, to TASL’s Distinguished Administrator Honor Roll. Librarian Cami Townsel nominated Mrs. Ham for this honor. She is to be commended for his support of school libraries.

The Distinguished Administrator Honor Roll recognizes administrators in Tennessee who have been particularly supportive of a school’s library program. The award, in the form of a certificate, will be presented at the Awards Banquet during this year’s TASL conference in Murfreesboro on October 24th. Completion of some activity or support that enhances the school media program is required in order to receive this award.

Mrs. Ham has been a strong advocate for libraries in Metro-Nashville Public Schools. According to librarian Cami Townsel, Mrs. Ham advocates for school libraries and promotes the role of school librarians as instructional designers. Mrs. Ham handles large district initiatives as well as the needs of individual schools. Ms. Townsel is particularly grateful for new carpeting and shelves at Martin Luther King Academic Magnet School.

School librarians recognize how crucial the support of a good administrator is in developing and maintaining a quality library program that benefits all students. Metro-Nashville Public Schools is to be commended on having an honoree like Mrs. Ham.

Announcement from U. S. Department of Education’s Principal Ambassador Fellowship Program.

Dear Principal,

We are pleased to announce that at the urging of our two national organizations, the US Department of Education has begun the creation of the Principal Ambassador Fellowship program. The program will be administered by the department similar to the successful Teacher Ambassador Program. This year, three principals will be selected to serve as advisors to Secretary Arne Duncan and the departmental staff to, as the Secretary has described the role, “provide input on policy from the principal’s perspective.”

The program will begin in 2013 as a pilot to focus on developing and refining the fellowship program going forward. The fellowship will require approximately 20 hours per month from Ambassadors. Principals will not be required to fulfill the fellowships in Washington, DC, and will be able to remain in their schools. However, the pilot program may require some travel for in-person meetings. Subsequent years will require the principals to relocate to Washington, DC, for the year-long fellowship.

Details are in development, but here’s what we currently know:
• The department will open the application process in the beginning of May and last approximately four-six weeks.
• Principal Ambassadors will be selected in October 2013 for the 2013-2014 year.
• The application process will be similar to the Teacher Ambassador Program and require principals to have served in their schools and in their current positions for a certain length of time, along with recommendation letters to accompany the application.

Because the application requires a tight turnaround during a challenging time of the year, we are giving principals this advance notice to begin preparing materials now. We hope you will consider this opportunity, and if you are fortunate to be a principal selected to serve as an Ambassador, you can expect the full support of NAESP and NASSP. We are eager to work with the Department of Education in bringing principals to the table and letting their voices be heard.


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