SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. - As the new school year gets underway Sullivan County Superintendent Dr. Jubal Yenni has a lot going on. "Kids are excited. Teachers are excited. I think everybody is going to be pumped up," he said.
But in addition to your typical back-to-school obstacles. administrators are still working on a budget while trying to fill a vacancy in the school's finance office.
The county hired Myron Dale, the former finance director of Hawkins County Schools. Dale was fired in June after the county schools were fined $166,000 after IRS payments weren't made. "We certainly don't have him overseeing the business operations of the school district. I don't know what the circumstances are in Hawkins County, but he's certainly provided some staff accounting at this point which has been very good work," adds Yenni.
We talked to Myron Dale on the phone Monday; he told us the errors in Hawkins County were unintentional.
Dr. Yenni says having someone with experience helps the county school system and that Dale actually came with recommendations. "We didn't feel there is a risk for him from any financial standpoint for us to get the stuff done for the state at this point," adds Yenni.
Now Yenni and other administrators are working to finalize a budget and get the school year off to a great start.
Dr. Yenni tells us the contract work for Myron Dale should wrap up in the next week or so.