Perry refutes pair of school rumors

Dr. Jeff Perry, Hamblen County school superintendent, said Saturday he plans to resign at the end of the school year and pursue other opportunities.

He said he would continue the year, though, to give the Hamblen County school board time to find a successor.

“I wanted to make sure that the school district had ample time to get a replacement, so I notified the board that I would be resigning at the end of the year,” Perry said.

Perry was hired in 2018, replacing longtime school director Dale Lynch. Before coming to Hamblen County, Perry captained four other school districts – two in Colorado and two in Virginia. He also served as a principal and assistant principal in his home state of Virginia.

During his tenure in Hamblen County, he helped lead the school system during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and served as a spokesman for the Hamblen County COVID-19 Task Force, drawing praise from other task force members for his role as a leader on the issue.

Perry said that he and his wife, Amy, see some options for their family out west and will be looking for a position in that direction.

“We will take this opportunity to pursue those options,” he said.

He said over the next several months, while school is still in session, he will work diligently to make sure the school system continues moving forward.

“We still have much work to do, so we’re not looking that far ahead,” he said. “We still have a lot to do this year.”

Perry said he loves Hamblen County and those in the school system he has had a chance to work with for the last four years.

“I love this community and I love the people I work with,” Perry said. “This is an incredible school system and a wonderful place to live.”