The Macon County Board of Education conducted interviews this week to replace Director of Schools Margaret Oldham. The interviews, which took place over three nights and covered ten applicants, were conducted in public work sessions, by the five members of the board. The board will also make the final decision in choosing the new director.
“I’m retiring as of June 30 of this year,” said Oldham. “Oh, it’s exciting. At the end of this school year. I’ll have 41 years in education.” Oldham’s 41 years have been spent in Macon, Trousdale, and Smith counties, serving as a teacher, principal, supervisor of instruction, and—for eleven years—a director of schools. The majority of her career has been spent in Trousdale, with just three and a half years serving Macon.
The interview work sessions were held on February 6, 7, and 10. The applicants were interviewed on the following days:
Oldham said she is not sure when the final decision will be announced. Some discussion will be held at the next regular board meeting on Thursday, February 13, but the final choice will likely be announced later. Whoever is elected will need to have four votes out of five—an overwhelming majority.
And what will Oldham be doing with her new found freedom?
“Oh my goodness, I would like to do some traveling. Also I’ll spend more time with my children and grandchildren, and may do some part time work with school systems.” Oldham has two children, Lance Oldham and Jill Oldham, a stepson, Clay Oldham, and a total of six grandchildren, ranging in ages from 9 months to 19 years old.