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Rafalowski announces retirement as Sullivan County Schools director

Evelyn Rafalowski, Director of Schools for Sullivan County, Tennessee, has announced her retirement effective June 30. (SCS)

UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.

Here is the letter that was sent to staff on Wednesday by Rafalowski announcing her retirement:

I began my employment in Sullivan County in August 1977. Since then I have been blessed beyond measure to be afforded many opportunities within our school district to include the honor of serving as your Director of Schools. I have loved every assignment and will always cherish the many friendships and lasting memories I have of the past 42 years of service.
As 2018-19 comes to an end in June, so will my career. I have so many great memories and please know how proud I am of the job you do everyday in our school district. I have much to be thankful for and my experiences in Sullivan County Schools certainly rank high on the list.
Thank you for your support over the years. I can't imagine having spent my career doing anything else! We still have much work to do and I look forward to the remaining days of my career. Thank you for everything!


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A search will commence in the coming months for a new Director of Schools in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

Current director Evelyn Rafalowski has announced her retirement from the position, effective June 30, school board chairman Michael Hughes told WCYB on Wednesday.

Rafalowski was appointed as interim director when Jubal Yennie departed Blountville for a similar position in his home state of Wyoming in 2015. Her tenure will be best remembered for the consolidation of several high schools to create the new West Ridge High that is scheduled to be constructed in the Exit 67 area of Kingsport.

The board will begin discussion on a director search beginning Jan. 22 at a scheduled session.

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