By Max Hrenda
After an appeal from Carter County Schools was denied by the state, Johnson County Schools became the area’s lone provider of adult education in what is known as Service Delivery Area One.
Although her service area has now more than doubled in size, Johnson County Schools Adult Education Supervisor Jewell Hamm said she had already begun making arrangements to continue GED testing in Carter County.
“I’m trying to keep things in the general vicinity the students are familiar with,” Hamm said. “The main office will be here, and we need something down there to do orientation and testing in.”
In the past year, across Tennessee, many counties were combined into singular service areas to consolidate resources and, ultimately, to save money. Adult education programs within these service areas were then instructed to submit grant proposals to the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The department would then select which program would manage the service area based on these grants.
Ultimately, Johnson County Schools’ program was selected to oversee the local service delivery area.
While Hamm said she wanted to maintain a familiar setting, Carter County students may be most familiar with Carter County Schools’ adult education offices located on the second floor of the Workforce Development Complex. Though that office and testing area is still occupied – and paid for – by Carter County Schools until June 30, Hamm said she was trying to make other arrangements as quickly as possible.
“There are other rooms in that building that are available,” Hamm said. “Right now I can’t tell you anything yet because it hasn’t been decided. We’ve got one location set up so far at Little Milligan (Elementary), and I’m working on another one right now.”
Once facilities are secured, the next step will be finding employees to fill them. According to Morris Woodring, director of Johnson County Schools, the hiring process will be open to all comers, including the former staffers of Carter County.