Director of Schools Announces Plans To Resign

Director of Jefferson County Schools, Dr. Shane Johnston, has unofficially announced his intent to vacate his position. Though he has not tendered his resignation, Dr. Johnston has plans to submit his letter of resignation early next month. Johnston has led the Jefferson County Department of Education since July 1, 2018. During his tenure at the helm of the school system he has accomplished significant improvements to the athletic facilities at Jefferson County High School, as well as navigated providing educational opportunities during the covid pandemic. A new principal at JCHS and many other administrative hires and changes were also accomplished during his four years as director.

Johnston, who also serves as a minister, stated that he did not wake up the morning of the last school board meeting with the intent to resign but he and his family had been in prayer regarding their family life direction. He said that as the day progressed it became clear that he would be moving on in another capacity that did not include his current position and he felt that he needed to give the school board as much time as possible to make plans for his departure. Although his plans are not firm regarding future endeavors, Director Johnston will be leaving the Jefferson County Department of Education sometime near the end of June which will complete the current fiscal year.

“My family is praying about our next steps but have no definite plans. I currently pastor a church in Morristown and love those people so much. I have also been contacted by a church in another part of the state concerning the pastorate at their church, so my family is praying about what we are to do next. It may be that I am led to apply for other educational jobs or look at full-time ministry. We sincerely just want to do what the Lord leads us to do.”

“It has been an honor to serve the teachers, students and communities as the director of schools. I look forward to continuing to hear about all the good things going on in Jefferson County Schools for years to come.”