Maryville Director of Schools' contract extended

MARYVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT)--The director of Maryville City Schools will be around for another year, despite protesting parents.
Many teachers attended a meeting to support Stephanie Thompson as she gets ready to reconfigure K through 12th grade due to overcrowding.

Before the meeting, five parents held signs asking "Can you hear us now?"
Upset over no foreign language and no music in the classroom asking what's next?
Signs saying "no confidence."
Parent Jackie Palmer is upset with the lack of transparency.
Jackie Palmer says, "I've been to meetings and retreats and never got any answers."

For years Maryville City Schools have dealt with overcrowding and are now refiguring grades and building a new intermediate school.
Director of Maryville City Schools says, "We obviously have some people upset about this and we've tried to communicate with people."

Palmer says, "I'm holding a stack of emails I've sent to the director of schools that were never answered."

Teachers turned out wearing red in support of Thompson.
Several of Thompson's teachers and acquaintances spoke on behalf of her professionalism.
One teacher said, "I applaud her and admire her. She truly is an outstanding leader."

Another teacher said, "She makes sure that everything we do is in the best interest of the child."

After all the discussion, the board agreed to renew Thompson's contract one more year.
Stephanie Thompson says, "I appreciate that show of support by the school board as well as those people who attended tonight."

Now Thompson looks forward to providing good transitions for new students and parents as they regroup their grades.


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