The Putnam County School Board has granted tenure to more than 30 teachers.
Superintendent Jerry Boyd said each educator met requirements of the tenure law and went through a five-year probationary period.
“The last two years of that probationary period, our teachers and educators are evaluated through the Tennessee model,” Boyd said. “If they earn an overall level of effectiveness of a 4 or 5, then they become eligible for the board to consider and approve tenure. We have several here tonight, and all of these have been recommended by their principal and supported by me. It’s based on their hard work and demonstrated success in the classroom.”
The Tennessee Education Association describes tenure as a design to ensure due process on discipline or dismissal. Tenured teachers enjoy continuing employment, and are not at-risk for non-renewal — they can only be dismissed for cause.
Boyd said the Tennessee tenure law changed in 2012 when the state implemented the five year probationary period.
“Prior to that, an individual that worked in the district for three years and was hired for the fourth year, they were eligible and obtained tenure,” Boyd said.
The board of education voted unanimously to grant tenure during last week’s meeting.
Educators Granted Tenure
Algood Middle School
Avery Trace Middle School
Cane Creek Elementary
Cookeville High School
Jere Whitson Elementary
Monterey High School
Park View Elementary
Prescott Middle School
Upperman High School
Upperman Middle School