Schools eliminate top career tech position

Jared Felkins • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:19 PM

Wilson County Director of Schools Tim Setterlund said Monday night he eliminated the supervisor of career and technical education position, which longtime administrator left Bill Moss without a job.

Setterlund said the move came Friday. He said supervisors of instruction Monty Wilson and Jennifer Cothron would assume Moss’ duties.

“There’s a myriad of reasons,” Setterlund said. “One is money. That was an expensive position for us. Another is that it creates a lean central office with expectations for high achievement.”

Moss received a nearly $100,000 annual salary in his position. He’s worked for Wilson County schools for the past 31 years.

“I was told that my position had been abolished,” Moss said. “When I asked why, [Setterlund] said my vision for CTE and his vision for CTE were not the same. I asked him if he didn’t think we could work together, and he said he couldn’t work with me.”

Moss said he became vocational director in February 1988 and additionally took on the responsibilities of principal of the Career Technical Center in 1996.

“Over the years, I have worked with some tremendous teachers and wonderful administrators,” Moss said. “They care about the students in all aspects of their lives and want to see them grow. We have seen some tremendous success getting them graduated and on to postsecondary education or work.

“As for what happened to me, it was a tremendous shock. I had no idea this was coming. I had no clue that any of this was transpiring.”

Moss said he became supervisor of career and technical education in May 2012.

“It’s part of a restructuring and pointing in the right direction for the future,” Setterlund said. “If we’re doing away with the position, that’s pretty permanent. This, in no way, signals a decrease of our support for career technical education.”

Moss is tenured with Wilson County schools, but eliminating his position falls within the state tenure laws. Because of his tenure status, he will receive preferential treatment for two years on a teaching position he’s qualified for with the school system.

Moss is certified to teach seventh- through 12th-grade vocational agriculture.

“After 31 years, I have seen a lot and done a lot,” Moss said. “I can retire, so I could retire. That’s not really what I want to do, because I think I still have some things to offer. To say I’m still in shock would be an understatement. I’m not actively seeking anything right now, because I’m still getting over it.

“Right now, I’m not turning down any options. I really don’t see the fact that I would get any preferential treatment for an ag position. Right now, I’m not closing any doors, but that’s not one of my options I want to pursue.

“I’m not moving out of Wilson County. I moved here in 1976, and I plan to remain here.”

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