Oak Ridge Schools Named Top Workplace in Greater Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Oak Ridge Schools has been named a Top Workplace in the Greater Knoxville area by the Knoxville News Sentinel, earning third overall in the category for businesses with more than 500 employees. This is the third consecutive year that Oak Ridge Schools has landed on the Top Workplace list, and second time being recognized in the Top 3.

The business rankings are determined solely by employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey that measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization including alignment, execution, connection, and appreciation. In total, 91 companies representing more than 26,000 employees were surveyed by Knox News and its survey firm partner Energage.

“Being recognized as a Top Workplace in Greater Knoxville is a testament to the hard work of our principals, teachers and staff. The culture they have built and committed to maintain is what makes Oak Ridge Schools the special place it is,” said Superintendent Dr. Bruce Borchers. “This achievement reflects our ongoing efforts to foster a supportive and empowering environment for our staff, one where every team member feels valued and recognized for their contributions on a daily basis.”

The district was also awarded the Appreciation Award, given to a company whose survey responses demonstrated that their employees feel appreciated for the work they do on a regular basis.

“We’re particularly proud of [the Appreciation Award] recognition because you often hear that education, as a profession, is undervalued and underappreciated,” Borchers continued. “The amount that our teachers and staff pour into our students and their work every day is truly humbling, and if they’re able to feel even half of the appreciation that I feel for them, then we’re on the right track.”

Oak Ridge Schools is hiring for positions on an ongoing basis, with opportunities in the classroom or as a support staff member. For all open positions in the district, please visit the online job board. To learn more about Oak Ridge Schools, visit www.ortn.edu.

For the complete list of Knoxville Top Workplaces, visit knoxnews.com.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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