Bobby Johnson, Jr.

Larry Bass, Bobby Johnson, Jr., Edward Headlee, School Director, Nancy Carpenter, Adm. Assistant.

Scott Newman, June Klinstiver, Nancy Paule, Larry Bass

Freddie Walker, Bill Marcus, Leroy Tate, Nancy Carpenter

Wayne Honeycutt, New School Director

BOE votes to approve Contract

Wayne Honeycutt Agrees to Employment Contract

By: Pat Hunter

The Loudon County Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday April 30th at 6:00 PM in a Special Called meeting to negotiate a contract of employment with Wayne Honeycutt. On Saturday, April 26th, Wayne Honeycutt was selected to be the new school director of Loudon County Schools after a series of interviews. Honeycutt finished with the highest score after the School Board interviewed and scored applicants Wayne Honeycutt, Deborah Raper and Robert Lovingood.

School Board member Steve Harrelson was not present for the Special Called meeting; School Board member Leroy Tate left the meeting early before the final vote on the contract.

Early into the meeting, Leroy Tate expressed his concerns with paying the new School Director $120,000. Outgoing School Director Edward Headlee's current salary is $93,500.

There was some discussion that Lenoir City School Director Wayne Miller was paid $108,000 for a school system with only three schools. A much larger county like Blount County pays its school director $115,000.  The consensus was to offer Honeycutt $110,000 and a 2-year contract but Honeycutt countered the BOE's offer and it was time to give him another telephone call.

After several hours of discussion by the School Board about different provisions of the employment contract and some back and forth wrangling via telephone with Wayne Honeycutt, School Board Chairman Bobby Johnson Jr., announced that Honeycutt had agreed to the terms.

The employment salary was set at $112,000. The Board of Education will also pay dental, life, medical and hospitalization insurance for Honeycutt and his spouse, as well as, moving expenses, annual leave, sick days and state retirement benefits and other perks. Honeycutt will also receive $400 for a maximum of 4-months for living expenses until suitable housing is found. Honeycutt's contract with the BOE will begin July 1, 2008 and expire on June 30, 2011.

To view a copy of the details of the Employment Contract between new School Director M. Wayne Honeycutt and Loudon County Board of Education, please click here:  Honeycutt Employment Contract