Blount County Schools has tapped the county’s information technology manager to lead its technology department. John Herron, who has served since 1985 as Blount County government’s IT manager, was named Tuesday as the district’s coordinator of technology and digital learning position. He is expected to be in the position by the month’s end.
“After 30 years of outstanding IT service to Blount County, John is extremely qualified for this position,” said Blount County Director of Schools Rob Britt. “He is a brilliant person with an outstanding skill set. Not to mention, he’s a kind and caring person who has placed service at the heart of what he does. He hit all the job descriptors and matched our profile.” Herron’s position was created through a recent restructuring. The district repurposed its digital learning coach and technology trainer position — which was most recently held by Tom Larson, who has taken a position with Alcoa City Schools — into this position. Herron will run the district’s technology department and work with educators and IT staff on its digital conversion plans. He will also resolve its Internet connectivity issues. “John is another step toward our goal to provide uncompromising service to staff, students and their families,” Britt said. “He’s highly motivated to try something new and get involved with the school system.”
MITCHELL PRAISES HERRON’S WORK
Herron will work out a two-week notice with Blount County government, said Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell. He will also stay involved with county government until Kronos Inc. implements automated county payroll and human resources systems during the week of Oct. 4. “John has given 30 years of service to Blount County government,” Mitchell said. “We’re losing a tremendous knowledge amount of knowledge and experience, and it will be missed. I’m sure that working in the environment that he has for 30 years can be very stressful, but John has always risen to the challenge. I wish him the best in his new role as coordinator of technology and digital learning position at Blount County Schools. I know that he’ll do them a great job and be a tremendous asset.” Herron served 1978-79 as an elementary teacher at a private Christian school and served 1979- 85 at Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Ind. He holds a bachelor’s in engineering science from the University of Tennessee and master’s in school administration from Hyles-Anderson College.
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