School Maintenance Coordinator Resigns

CLICK to view VIDEO CLIPSchool Facilities Coordinator David Hemelright

 

By: Pat Hunter

March 13, 2009

 

There were no tearful farewells just a round of applause to thank School Facilities Coordinator David Hemelright. At Thursday’s March 12th Loudon County Board of Education meeting, School Director Wayne Honeycutt’s announcement was short and sweet. From beginning to end, it took one minute for everyone to say thank you to Schools Facilities Director David Hemelright.

 

Director Honeycutt reported to the School Board that he had just received Facilities Coordinator David Hemelright’s resignation letter with the intent to retire. Hemelright’s contract will expire June 30th. He was thanked for his service by Director Honeycutt.

 

BOE Chairman Leroy Tate added to Honeycutt’s comments. Tate publicly thanked David Hemelright for a job well done. Dave has a wealth of knowledge, the only problem is that we can’t afford him; that’s the bigee, said Tate. He ended by saying, he knows what needs to be done.

 

Hemelright came under fire for maintenance and life safety issues concerning the Loudon High School when the auditorium was closed. The auditorium remains closed as repairs and renovations are near completion and auditorium roof leaks purportedly continued. The roof to the auditorium is supposed to be first on the list of re-roof repairs to start shortly but that remains to be seen.

 

Dave Hemelright has been in the eye of the storm regarding maintenance issues and Board discord and tension. Schools have been riddled with various maintenance concerns including HVAC problems, electrical problems, gas leaks, roof leaks, bleacher problems and funding issues. At the September 2007 School Board meeting, the School Board was split on eliminating the maintenance coordinator’s position with School Board members Leroy Tate, Scott Newman, Freddie Walker and Bill Marcus voting to abolish the position. 
 

Click to view pdf David Hemelright's Resignation Letter

 

 

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