Gary Ray and Associates is the consulting firm hired by Williamson Public Schools to head the search for a director of schools.
"He wants to stay so he can continue his goals there," Kingery said. "He decided that he has too much going on there."
Carol Birdsong, Williamson Public Schools communications director, said Bartlett withdrew his application last week but didn't know why.
"I learned last week when we were finalizing our agenda," Birdsong said.
Bartlett was unavailable for comment Monday. His secretary said he was out of town this week at a conference. Moments later, William McKinley, the board's executive director of support services, said Bartlett was on vacation.
Jean Keith, Williamson Public Schools board member, said Ray told her last week that Bartlett was withdrawing. She said she was not given an explanation as to why he dropped out.
"He just chose to withdraw his name," Keith said. "I haven't talked to him directly."
Keith is also chairwoman of the search committee, which had been screening applications.
Washington County School Board member Paul Bailey didn't know Bartlett dropped out of contention and said he couldn't comment.
"I'm not aware of the fact that he has withdrawn," Bailey said.
The Herald-Mail found out that the Board of Education's budget was $145.6 million after Bartlett wrote on his application for the Tennessee job that he oversaw a budget of $150 million. When the board holds public budget meetings, it does not include in its total about $27 million, which is made up of restricted grants, special revenue and the board's Capital Improvement Plan funds.
The board presents only its operating budget at public meetings, school officials have said. The operating budget for 2000-2001 is $118.4 million.
Restricted grants are money received from the federal or state government that can only be used for specific educational purposes.