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Ex-superintendent hires board member to run transportation

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Young resigns; board to fill vacancy

By Shannon Brock

A former Anderson County Board of Education member was recently named as the district’s new director of transportation.

Jeff Young, who served on the board up until accepting the transportation director position, began his new job on Tuesday.

The position came open at the end of last school year when Chuck Fletcher announced his retirement.

Filling the transportation director position was one of the last tasks for outgoing superintendent Kim Shaw, who also retired.

New superintendent Sheila Mitchell, whose first official day on the job was July 1, said she did not sit in on the interviews for the new transportation director, but thinks Shaw and the committee he assembled to help fill the position made a fine selection.

“I think he will do a great job,” Mitchell said. “He will bring a lot of strengths [to the job]. He’s been a bus driver, and he’s worked in management and supervision in other areas.”

Young was a bus driver for Anderson County from 1984 to 2004, he said.

“He has been in the school district and knows where it’s been and where it is now, and I think he’ll work with the staff to move it forward.”

Young said he is thrilled and a little anxious about starting his new job.

“I look forward to the challenge,” he said Tuesday afternoon.

“We’ve had a pretty successful department,” he said. “I’d like to continue that and strengthen our goal of safety.

“I want to take something that is already good and make it better.”

Young said that by accepting the transportation director’s position, he effectively resigned from his seat on the board.

Mitchell said she didn’t think Young’s position on the school board created a conflict in the hiring process.

Shaw and his committee, which included the director of student services and an assistant principal, worked to keep the process objective.

“The transportation director is a key role for our district,” Mitchell said. “We’re very concerned about student safety.”

Mitchell said the best candidate for the position ideally would be knowledgeable, able to work well with existing staff and administrators and would have experience.

“[In this case], the best candidate just happened to be on the school board,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell said she believed Young’s experience on the board will be beneficial in his new position, especially when it comes to budgeting.

E-mail Shannon Brock at sbrock@theandersonnews.com.