The Washington County School Board consists of nine elected members from three political districts. In recognition of their efforts in providing leadership and direction for the improving school program, this group was honored as the Tennessee School Board of the Year by the Tennessee School Boards Association in 2007. The Washington County Board of Education has been recognized by TSBA as a Board of Distinction since 1998.
Annette Buchanan, Level 4
Annette Buchanan was elected to the Washington County Board of Education in 2014 to represent the First District. She is a 1993 graduate of David Crockett High School. She received a BS in Education from East Tennessee State University in 1997. She taught for six years at Jonesborough Middle School before choosing to became a stay-at-home mother. Mrs. Buchanan is an active member of Cherry Grove Baptist Church where she chairs the backpack ministry, teaches a pre-school Sunday School Class, and is the youth choir director. Annette is married to Mike Buchanan, and they have three children, Hannah, Sadie, and Parker.
Committees: Finance, Facilities, Ethics, District Evaluation, Collaborative Conferencing, Sick Leave Bank, Planning, Insurance(Chair), Inservice, Curriculum, Calendar
Jason Day was elected to the board in August 2018 to represent the 1st District. He attended David Crockett High School and graduated in 1995. He has been self employed in the construction and real estate business for more than 15 years. He and his family attend church at Grace Meadows in Jonesborough. Mr. Day has been married to his wife Emmy for 21 years and they reside in Telford. Mrs. Day has been teaching at Grandview Elementary for 10 years. They have 4 children Chelsea, Baileigh, Madison, and Rhett. Chelsea and Baileigh attend ETSU, Madison is at David Crockett High School, and Rhett is at Grandview Elementary. They are very passionate about our school system and our community.
Committees: Facilities(Chair), Athletics, Bid Review, Family Life
Keith Ervin, Level 4Mr. Ervin was elected in 2006 to represent the First District. He graduated from David Crockett High School in 1984. A member of the Planning, Athletics, Student Discipline, Bid Review, and Calendar Committees, Keith serves as chairman of the Family Life Committee and Sick Leave Bank. He is a member of Bethesda Methodist Church. A self-employed dairy farmer, Keith serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington County Farm Bureau and has served as member of the State Advisory Committee. He has two daughters, Ashley and Brooke, both graduates of David Crockett High School.
Chairman of the Board
Mary Beth Dellinger, Level 1
Mary Beth Dellinger was elected in 2016 to represent the Second District. She is a graduate of David Crockett High School, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from East Tennessee State University, and has a Master’s Degree in Education from Tusculum College. Mrs. Dellinger retired from the Washington County School System is 2012 after 35 years of teaching at Lamar and Gray Elementary Schools. Currently, she is employed as an adjunct faculty member at ETSU as a Student Teacher Supervisor. She is married to Terry Dellinger and attends Grace Fellowship Church.
Committees: Finance, Ethics(Chair), Planning(Chair), Calendar, Curriculum
Todd Ganger, Level 4
Mr. Ganger was elected in 2008 to represent the Second District. He graduated from David Crockett High School in 1990. Mr. Ganger serves as chair of the Athletics and Bid Review Committees. He is a member of the Jonesborough United Methodist Church and is employed by the Johnson City Power Board. Todd has dedicated many hours to area children through work with community athletics. He has two children, LaRae and Joseph who are both graduates of David Crockett High School.
Committees: Facilities, Athletics(Chair), Collaborative Conferencing, Safety(Chair), Planning, Calendar
David Hammond, Level 4
Mr. Hammond was elected in 2010 to represent the Third District. He graduated from Unicoi County High School and attended ETSU before graduating from the Gemological Institute of America. Mr. Hammond operates Hammond Management, a commercial and apartment rental company. Mr. Hammond is also licensed in Health and Life Insurance. He is a former board member of the Northeast Tennessee Regional Character Counts Advisory Board and a delegate to the Washington County Republican Party. Mr. Hammond is past president of Boones Creek Elementary School and Boones Creek Middle School PTO. He is a member of Boones Creek Christian Church. His daughter Emma attends Daniel Boone High School and daughter Kennedy attends Boones Creek Elementary.
Committees: Facilities, Athletics, Bid Review(Chair), District Evaluation, Safety, Insurance, Family Life
Chad Fleenor, Level 1
Chad Fleenor was elected to the Washington County Board of Education in 2018 to represent the 3rd District. He was born and raised in Boones Creek and is a graduate of Daniel Boone High School. He and his family currently live in the Boones Creek Community on his family’s farm. He is a deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Johnson City and an employee of Eastman Chemical Company. He is also a realtor, auctioneer, farmer, and most importantly, a father to his two kids Jack and Lilly and a husband to his wonderful wife, Janee. His children currently go to Boones Creek Elementary and Boones Creek Middle Schools. He is also involved in the Washington County Cattlemen’s Association, Washington County Agriculture Committee, Washington County/UT Extension Agriculture Advisory Board, and a former advisor for Farm Credit.
Committees: Athletics, Ethics, Bid Review, Policy(Chair), District Evaluation(Chair), Insurance, Inservice
Mitch Meredith was elected in 2018 to represent the Third District. He is a Washington County native and a 1978 graduate of the University of Tennessee -Knoxville. He has been a practicing Certified Public Accountant advising clients on tax, estate, business and accounting matters for more than 3 decades. He is a past President and current member of the Johnson City Rotary Club and has served as president, treasurer or board member of the Barracuda Swim Club, Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, Oak Ridge Arts Council, American Heart Association, Boy Scout Troop 35, Trail Life Troop 35, Safe Passage, and the Tri-Cities Airport Authority. He served on the Washington County commission from 2010 to 2018 and currently serves as the County’s Director of Finance, Accounts & Budget. When not attending to work, family and civic responsibilities, Mitch enjoys maintaining his instrument proficiency as a private pilot. Mitch and Nancy have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren.
Committees: Finance, Policy, Safety, Sick Leave Bank, Planning, Insurance, Inservice, Curriculum
Phillip L McLain, Level 5
Mr. McLain has been a member of the Washington County School Board since 2004. Mr. McLain resides at 1813 Hillsboro Avenue, Johnson City. He has lived in Johnson City over 40 years. Mr. McLain is married to the former Carla Jo Brabson of Jonesborough.
Mr. McLain is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Accounting. He served for six years in the United States Navy. Mr. McLain retired from Valleydale Foods, Inc. as the Western Regional Sales Manager after 24 years of service.
Mr. McLain is a Master School Board Member. He has served many years as Chairman of the Finance Committee and has served on the Policy, Facilities, Naming, and Mascot/Colors Committees. He has also served as Board Chairman, Vice-Chairman, TLN Representative and FRN Representative and has presided over two town hall meetings. Mr. McLain annually attends all state mandated classes for board members as well as educational sessions through Tennessee School Boards Association.
Mr. McLain helped orchestrate the distribution of more than 1,000 bicycles to Washington County students through the men’s group at Telford United Methodist Church. Mr. McLain volunteered with Junior Achievement, where he taught classes to 3rd and 4th grades at several Washington County elementary schools. He and his wife are members of Wesley United Methodist Church in Johnson City. They are both members of the Telford Cemetery Association and active Disabled American Veterans members through volunteer services at Mountain Home V.A. Mr. McLain, since 2007, serves as a volunteer for the Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough. He is a part-time funeral assistant at Morris- Baker Funeral Home in Johnson City.
Committees: Finance (Chair), Policy, Collaborative Conferencing, School Health Advisory Council, Family Life
Student School Board Members
In recollection of my past three years of high school, I, Laken Jones, hope to make the last one the best one yet. I have taken AP classes every year at Daniel Boone High School. That is: AP Human Geography my freshman year, AP Government my sophomore year, and AP English and AP US History my junior year. I managed to pass both my AP tests this past year. This coming year I will be taking four: AP Spanish, AP Calculus, AP Literature, and AP Chemistry. I was presented with the geometry award my freshman year. I have a 26 on my ACT, but I will be studying and taking it several more times. I have maintained above a 4.0 grade point average all four years.
I have been a member of FCA since my freshman year; however, since my sophomore year, I have been and will continue to be a leader of the FCA club. I have also been a member of the Beta and National Honors Society since sophomore year. I plan on running for Beta club President or Vice President this coming school year. My junior year, I participated in S.C.O.P.E and was a school board member in a mock trial. I also attended Volunteer Girls State and became a member of the Board of Education, and I ran for ten offices. Because of VGS, I am leading a community service project for my county and surrounding counties in November. At the end of junior year, I ran for and earned the title of the class of 2020 secretary.
By another token, I have been a part of the volleyball team since freshman year. This coming year will be my second year as the varsity libero. The team this year has very potential to go farther than a Daniel Boone team in several years.
For my future, I decided my freshman year that I wanted to become an architect. I have visited several colleges, including: Clemson, Virginia Tech, Tennessee Tech, NC State, South Carolina, and this morning (August 1st) I visited the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. This past summer, I attended a week-long architecture camp at Virginia Tech. My ideal plan for college is to do a double major in Architecture and Civil Engineering and have a minor in Spanish. I have also been in contact with a local Navy recruitment officer and may plan to join the reserves before college and go into the Navy with my degrees as an officer myself, but that is still a toss-up.
To focus on the near future though, the biggest aspect to all of high school, for me, is to discover who I am and what I can do to achieve my goals, and to have fun in the process. In January next year, I will be going to Puerto Rico with my Spanish group. In April, I will be going to Williamsburg, Virginia with my History group. Along with many other small trips to better my community or my education.
Committees: Finance, District Evaluation, School Health Advisory Council, Curriculum
Committees: Athletics, School Health Advisory Council
Cade is a Senior at David Crockett High School.
He has played on the varsity football and baseball teams for four years. Among some of the awards he has won include: Playerof the week, five-star player of the week, all-conference in both sports, all-state first team quarterback, Male Athlete of the Year, Scholar Athlete of Week, and was a 5A Mr.Football finalist.
Cade is a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Plus Two club for the ACT. As well as, serving as a student representative for the Washington County School Board in Nashville, Tn. Cade is also ranked in the top 10% of his 2020 senior class.
Cade serves his community by volunteering. He has volunteered at the Food Pantry, Operation Christmas Child, and Haven of Mercy.
He plans to attend college and pursue a degree in Architectural Engineering.
Committees: Policy, Planning
My name is Mallory McClelland. I will be a senior at Daniel Boone High School starting next week. I’ve been given the opportunity to join clubs like, Student Council, NHS, Beta Club, and International Club. I am on the dance team for the second year in a row. Over the past three years I’ve taken AP classes like AP Biology and AP Government. This year I will be taking two college classes, and maintained a GPA of 4.47. As a freshman I was awarded in English and given a certificate and pin for my work with the Honor Flight Program. We served veterans before they left for a trip to D.C. and again when they were given a performance at the Gray fairgrounds. As a sophomore, I received the Spanish 2 Advanced award, my teacher would tell me it was because “I showed a love for the language” but honestly I thought Spanish was very confusing and was so surprised to be chosen. As a junior, I had the opportunity to attend SCOPE and Volunteer Girls State. SCOPE was a program that gave students an idea on what being apart of a school board was like. I volunteered to be a member of the board in my group. I was able to ask a lot of questions and learn more about what it takes to make important decisions for a community. During the trip I got to meet new people from across the state and hear what their school was like compared to mine. After school ended, I went to Girls State, it was held at Lipscomb University in Nashville. We were essentially creating our own government. Everyday was packed full of things to do. Some activities included karaoke like competition called Fast Song, Olympic Night, hearing from guest speakers like Governor Bill Lee and Mrs. Armstrong, a former Freedom Rider, and the Tennessee Supreme Court came and deliberate a real case to us. I got to sing and dance, ask questions, understand different opinions, and made 30 new besties. I did run for many offices, but competing against 600 of the best girls from across TN was pretty hard. However, I did become a School Board Member within my city. My biggest achievement was winning Best Citizen on the last day by my fellow wonder women. During the summer I have spent most of it volunteering at a Christian summer camp, called Pathfinders. My plans after high school are to attend ETSU and become a teacher. However, I would really like to travel the state and even the country teaching in impoverished areas. I believe every child deserves an education and help receiving one.
I would like to say how grateful I am to have been chosen as a Student Member, thank you to all the teachers and board members for picking me!
Committees: Facilities, Safety, Planning, Calendar