published Monday, March 28th, 2011

Virginian chosen to head Cleveland city schools system

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Dr. Martin E. Ringstaff of Bristol, Va., was selected today by the Cleveland Board of Education to become the next director of the city schools system.

Neither Ringstaff or the board’s other final choice, Dr. Damon Cathey of Kingsport, Tenn., was present.

The board approved a contract to offer to Ringstaff. It includes an initial annual salary of $125,000 and other benefits.

Ringstaff will be invited to attend the April 4 board meeting to sign the contract.

The vote Monday was five for Ringstaff and two for Cathey. But the two members who voted for Cathey, Richard Shaw and Murl Dirksen, said Ringstaff has their complete support.

“I wanted them both,” Shaw said.

“We know we picked two excellent candidates, and both will be superintendents somewhere,” said board Chairwoman Peggy Pesterfield.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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