Smoky Mountain High School Assistant Principal Jimmy Cleaveland has announced his retirement. He was one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the history of Western North Carolina, including 10 seasons as Smoky Mountain’s men’s basketball coach.
He resigned as coach in 2016 but stayed on at the school as an assistant principal.
In 10 years leading the Mustangs, he was 243-38 for a winning percentage of .865. The Mustangs had undefeated regular seasons in 2011 and 2014.
Cleaveland graduated from Sylva-Webster in 1985.
On Jan. 28, Jackson County Public Schools accepted these employee recommendations: At Fairview Elementary School, Rebecca Barlow, teacher, Lesly Barrientos, school nutrition assistant, Pat Brown, substitute school nutrition assistant, Alexis Egerdahl, substitute school nutrition assistant, Tanya Johnson, school nutrition assistant, Misty Moore, activity bus driver; Smoky Mountain High School, Doug Bailey, bus driver, Daryl Cheatham, part-time custodian/bus driver; Cullowhee Valley Elementary School, Rachael Boyles, Amber Flowers, afterschool assistants, Lindsey Parker, teacher, Mary-Margaret Warner, afterschool assistant, Lyndsi Young, EC teacher assistant; Jackson Community School, Amber Clayton, teacher assistant 3-5 day treatment; Blue Ridge School, Rita Ferrin, bus driver; Smoky Mountain Elementary School, Morgan King, tutor; Jackson County Early College, Emilee Nidiffer, student driver; CVES, FES, SMHS, SCES, SMES, Cynthia Williams, substitute school nutrition assistant; District-wide, Jeremy Cauley, middle school athletic director.
Accepted these employee resignations: FES, Cortni Bays, teacher; SMHS, Jeff Guelcher, bus driver, Noah Henderson, part-time custodian and bus driver, Shane Williams, head coach middle school baseball.
Accepted these staff, non-staff and returning coach recommendations: SMHS, Matthew Kiefer, head coach men’s track, Tammy Kim, assistant coach track.
Transfers. Board approval not required: Joshua Watson from teacher at FES to assistant principal at CVES.