Press Release – September 16

Gabe Hart – Chief Communications Officer

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September 16, 2022


 BROWNSVILLE, TENNESSEE, September 16, 2022 —  Haywood County Schools Superintendent Joey Hassell has resigned his position as superintendent effective immediately.  At a special called board meeting, the Haywood County Schools School Board accepted Hassell’s letter of resignation.

Under Hassell’s leadership, the district improved their academic standing with the state of Tennessee each year of his tenure. Through multiple Career/Technical Pathways, the district increased the number of students enrolled in dual-credit classes from 35 In 2016 to over 400 currently. The district also partnered with West Tennessee Healthcare to create work study programs for students.  Haywood High School also started an Early College High program in partnership with Jackson State Community College which allows students to earn post-secondary credit towards their Associate’s Degree while still in high school.

“Haywood County Schools is full of amazing leaders, teachers, support staff, and students. My hope is that the work in HCS will continue to ensure access, opportunity, and success for all students,” Hassell said in a statement.

The HCS School Board named Art Garrett as Interim Superintendent.  A search for a new superintendent will be handled by the Tennessee School Board Association.