Superintendent buyout at center of contest for Bradley County school board District 4 seat

CLEVELAND, Tenn.- Voters will see a rematch between Dianna Calfee and Troy Weathers for the Bradley County District 4 Board of Education seat in the Aug. 2 election.

To Weathers, who held the post for 16 years until Calfee unseated him in 2014, the February 2015 contract buyout of then-superintendent Johnny McDaniel looks like bad financial management. Calfee was one of five board members who voted to buy out McDaniel's contract.

"To me, that's not very bright," Weathers said, adding the board could have chosen to simply not renew McDaniel's contract when it ended in June 2016. "In the business world, that would get someone fired."

At the time of the board's buyout decision, it was estimated it could potentially cost Bradley County Schools up to $200,000 to pay for McDaniel's salary and benefits for the remaining 16 months of his contract.