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"A fresh start": Community meets new Director of Cleveland City Schools

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CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -

Even though it's still summer break, Dr. Russell Dyer, new Director of Cleveland City Schools, is getting a head start meeting new faces.

"It's a good chance for me to meet and greet, get to know parents, get to know community leaders," Dyer told Channel 3.

The new Director moved to Cleveland from West Tennessee, where he served as Collierville Schools' Chief of Staff.

Right now, Dyer is learning his way around a new city, while easing in to his first-time role as Director of Schools.

"Right now, it's just a matter of entering into the system and getting to know people, understanding how everything works," he said.

Dyer was one of 26 candidates who applied for the job. The school board voted unanimously in his favor.

"We thought he was a really good fit for the community of Cleveland," said Dawn Robinson, School Board Chair.

"A big weight is off our shoulders," she added.

In February, the school board appointed an interim director, after former Director Martin Ringstaff was fired in light of a sexting scandal.

READ MORE | UPDATE: Board terminates Ringstaff "immediately"

Board members said this is a fresh start.

"Hopefully, we're going to start moving the school system forward again; maybe at a faster speed," Robinson said.

Yolanda Edwards is a kindergarten teacher. Her son is going into 4th grade. She said she's looking forward to new leadership, especially Dyer's cooperative approach.

"He admitted that there were challenges, and he was willing to work through them," Edwards said. "I think that's what every teacher and every parent wants to hear."

"If anything needs to be tweaked or changed, I'm going to work with our stakeholders, our staff, our teachers, our principals, to make sure that change is collaborative in nature, and not just something that I believe we need to do," Dyer added.

If you see Dyer out and about in Cleveland, he welcomes you to say hello. He hopes to meet more students and their families before school starts next month.

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