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Greetings TSB Tiger Families,

I hope that you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving break! It is an especially busy time here at school during the holiday season. The students are diligently working hard to finish the semester strong. I wanted to provide a couple of updates as we finish out the first half of the year.
As a part of my transition plan asthe new superintendent, I have evaluated the school’s
administrative structure and have decided to make a couple of changes. To maximize our resources and position ourselves to do more for students, we are shifting from a dual principal model to a principal and assistant principal structure. Dr. Tonja Dandy will be TSB’s Principal and we are excited to have Dr. Alan Chase coming aboard as our new Assistant Principal. Dr. Chase comes to TSB from North Carolina where he has served as a special education coordinator for the Raleigh-Durham school district.  He completed his administrative practicum at the Governor Moorehead School for the Blind in North Carolina and currently runs a non-profit program during the summer designed to help visually impaired students transition to college. Ms. Kelly Benton, current Principal over Life Skills, will transition to the role of Director of Federal Programs.  She will now oversee all Title and IDEA programs. This will allow us to more effectively utilize our current federal funds and give us the ability to seek out additional monies so that we can provide more resources for students. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Chase to TSB and congratulating Dr. Dandy and Ms. Benton on their new roles.  
The new paint and carpet project is in full swing out in the cottages. We are nearing completion of our first two cottages and will begin the next two after returning from winter break.  Ms. Cormier will send out updates as students are shifted to facilitate this project. Work is also continuing with our HVAC systems in the cottages with all duct work being cleaned.  This work should be completed by the end of December.  
In March, our school will be participating in a re-accreditation review through AdvancED. This occurs every five years and we are excited to showcase our school for the accreditation team. Soon, you will be receiving the opportunity to provide us with feedback through a short survey. I hope that you can take the time to complete this online. The information you provide will help us move forward and make decisions about our educational programming. You will be receiving a link to complete the survey through the email address we have on file. I will also send out a robocall to inform you when that email has been sent.  
I hope that everyone has an enjoyable holiday season. It truly is a joy serving as the Superintendent of the Tennessee School for the Blind. I am here to serve so please do not hesitate to contact me with any thoughts, questions, or concerns.  

Dr. David Martin

Dr. David Martin, Ed.D.

Superintendent, TSB