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Dr. Russell Dyer named new Cleveland City Schools director

By LARRY C. BOWERS Banner Staff Writer
Posted 5/26/16

Collierville is without a chief of staff for its 2-year-old school system, and Cleveland City Schools has a new director.

Thursday afternoon, the Cleveland Board of Education selected Collierville …

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Dr. Russell Dyer named new Cleveland City Schools director

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Collierville is without a chief of staff for its 2-year-old school system, and Cleveland City Schools has a new director.

Thursday afternoon, the Cleveland Board of Education selected Collierville Chief of Staff Dr. Russell Dyer to take over the local school system at the start of the 2016-17 school year, July 1.

Dyer, who has spent his 20-year career in Shelby County, will replace former Director Dr. Martin Ringstaff, who was fired in February for conduct unbecoming a director of schools. Assistant to the Director Cathy Goodman has since served as interim director.

Dyer was selected by the board in preference to Knox County Assistant Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Alves. They were the final two candidates from 26 applicants in the director search.

Dyer received a unanimous vote from six of seven school board members at Thursday’s called meeting. Board member Dr. Murl Dirksen is in Liberia and was unable to attend.

Voting for Dyer were Chair Dawn Robinson, Charlie Cogdill, Tom Cloud, Peggy Pesterfield, Steve Morgan and George Meacham. Cogdill made the motion to select Dyer, with a second from Pesterfield.

Following Thursday’s vote, the board approved a contract proposal for the new director. They also voted to utilize the legal services of School Board Attorney Chuck Cagle in contract negotiations.

Cagle will review the contract proposal, with which he is familiar. He will then forward the proposal to Dyer (and his legal adviser) for approval or a submission of changes or amendments.

Board members are hopeful the contract can be approved as soon as possible.

Once an agreement is reached, Dyer will take over the Cleveland City Schools system at the start of the new school year.

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