The Macon County Board of Education elected Tony Boles as new Director of Schools on Thursday evening, March 6. Boles beat out eight other applicants for the position, which opened up just last month as current Director Margaret Oldham announced her retirement.
Boles is currently a teacher at Red Boiling Springs High School. He has twenty years of experience in education.
“In those twenty years, I’ve coached football and taught Agriculture, Chemistry, and Physics,” said Boles. “I’ve also been Assistant Principal at RBS and handled various administrative duties.”
He believes that his hands on classroom experience, and having come up through Macon schools himself, will be helpful in this new role. “I’m just excited to be appointed to a position to be able to lead this county’s education system. We have a good system in place.”
“And I think with my twenty years of classroom experience, I can bring some things to the position. A lot of your directors have been out of the classroom for an extended period of time… I’m coming straight from the classroom.”
Boles also worked for Citizens bank between 1987 and 1996, where he racked up plenty of managerial experience. He is currently a County Commissioner, and has served there for nearly twelve years. He said he plans to step down from the County Commission when he takes up his duties as Director.
“There is no statute that says I can’t [do both],” said Boles, “but I could not do either job justice by doing them both. There’s just no way. There will be too many times when they will conflict.”
Boles said that a formal contract still has to be negotiated with the board. Generally, a Director of Schools signs on for two or three years at a time; this will simply depend on what the board decides to do.
He says the “number one thing on his mind” is finishing out the school year with his current students. Boles said that it is “a little bittersweet” leaving the school, because he’s made a lot of connections there. “But I’ve told them I wouldn’t be a stranger.”
July 1 will be his first day as Director. After the school year ends, the board will probably bring him in to work alongside Ms. Oldham and learn the ropes. “This is a new endeavor for me,” he said, “so we’ll go at it full speed.”
Boles’ wife, Jeanne, is a teacher at Macon County Jr. High School, and his son is an 8th grader there this year. He also has two adult daughters who live in Carthage and Knoxville.