David Duncan retiring as director of schools

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The Hollow Rock-Bruceton Special School District is now accepting applications for the job of district director.

During the April 12 Board of Education meeting, current Director of Schools David Duncan announced that he is retiring effective June 30.

In his letter of resignation/retirement to the board, Duncan states that “there is no single one reason” for his decision to retire at this time.

“It has nothing to do with any dissatisfaction,” writes Duncan in the letter. “I have been privileged to work with a great board and wonderful staff and faculty.”

In a telephone interview Friday, Duncan, who is turning 64 this year, said that he plans to focus more of his time and attention on family and maybe do some things he has always wanted to do.

“I want to enjoy seeing my grandkids and spending time with family,” said Duncan.

With nearly four decades in education, Duncan has served as the district’s director for the past eight years. Before that, he was principal at McKenzie High School for four years, assistant principal at McKenzie Middle School for nine years, and has served in various teaching and coaching positions throughout his career.

He also served 32 years in the Tennessee National Guard.

Duncan’s current contract was set to expire in June of 2023.

According to school board chairman Brad Hurley, they have started the process of seeking applications and plan to start the review and interview process after May 17.

Hurley said they are hoping to get a new director hired by July, though that is not a definite deadline.

“We would like to have someone in place before June 30, but we’re not going to rush the process,” said Hurley. “This is the most important decision a school board makes.”

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