Rockwood Superintendent Bruce Borchers Receives Contract Offer in Tennessee

Rockwood School District Superintendent Bruce Borchers is extended a new job offer in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, starting this June.

Rockwood School District Superintendent Bruce Borchers was offered a contract to become the superintendent of the Oak Ridge School District in Tennessee Monday evening, just minutes ago.

Oak Ridge school board's five members voted unanimously to offer Borchers the lead role of their district, Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Bob Fowler tells Patch. 

For background, read previous breaking news alerts:

Rockwood's Superintendent Borchers Looks South for Potential New Job

Oak Ridge school officials want Borchers to report to duty earlier than the original date of June 15, which is when the contract with interim superintendent Bob Smallridge expires. The Oak Ridge superintendent spot was vacated when Tom Bailey retired Dec. 31.

"The earlier we can get him on board the better, due to being in the middle of budget season," said Oak Ridge board of director Bob Eby.

Borchers new salary offer is $175,000, according to Flower.

He said board members appointed a three-person committee to hammer out the contract's details, and that they anticipate having it cleared and ready within a week.

Rockwood Board of Education President Janet Strate on Thursday stated board of directors wanted to assure staff and community that their "focus remains on students and doing what is best for them."

"Several critical decisions will be made within the next week. On Tuesday, voters will decide on two board members and on Prop S. Additionally, the board will be determining the time line for selecting a replacement for Steve Smith. We will communicate openly with our community about all of these important issues," said Strate.

Julie Brown Patton April 02, 2013 at 07:56 PM
The point is that Patch is not a blog site; it's an online, interactive community news hub with many facets.
R Jones April 02, 2013 at 08:24 PM
I see it as a web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis. I'm not disagreeing with the journalism prior to the discussion. My opinion is that the article is merely a catalyst for what the City Residents then constrive to be news worthy....fact or opinion based.
KM Kramer April 05, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Yes, Oakridge appears to be able to distinguish between actual evidenced performance and BS - they offered Borchers' a salary 25% LESS than what Rockwood is paying him, after we gave him a couple of years of on the job training. They are also offering him a position in a district closer to what he can handle - 4,200 kinds vs our 22,000. Hopefully the new Board will be better at recruiting and hiring someone qualified to lead Rockwood Schools.
JOYCE COULTER April 07, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Ummmm... yes... awkard..
For Accountability April 07, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Sort of missing the diverse view points thing. See today's article on Prop S support. Missing the entire boat on the opportunity for positive change. Still harping on fear and gloom and doom.


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