Welcome to Grainger County Schools


When you serve as Director of Schools in a community 30 miles northeast of The University of Tennessee, the phrase “It’s football time in Tennessee,” certainly holds a sort of frenzied excitement and in my case, dual meanings as football teams prepare to battle in multiple arenas. High school football and UT football are both well underway.

It makes me very proud to see the intense enthusiasm and anticipation that I witness during each school year. For students, the beginning of the school year is certainly similar to playing in a new arena. Students routinely spend summer months counting down to “game time” just as football teams eagerly await the first game day. For teachers, each class they welcome is like a new team full of new potential and promise. Each school year brings new eagerness and passion to a very familiar arena.

I am very fortunate to work with individuals who exemplify daily the level of teamwork and commitment required to effectively operate a public school system, and we are proud to report that we are off to a great start.

As the school year is underway, I would like to encourage you to remain as actively involved in your student’s educational experience as possible. Please check your school’s website and your child’s backpack on a regular basis. Teachers will be sending home valuable information throughout the year including important dates to remember and suggestions for things you can do to assure the success of your student.

I hope you will join me and my staff as we commit ourselves to be supportive of one another as we work to accomplish the goals we’ve set. Together, we will allow educators to TEACH with rigor and relevance so that students will LEARN the skills and knowledge needed to SUCCEED in becoming community, college, and career ready.


Edwin Jarnagin

Director of Schools