Former Board of Education member Alan Coverstone resigned his board seat last month, on the grounds that he was asking to be considered for a school district job overseeing charter schools. Several days later, Metro Nashville Public Schools announced that Coverstone had been hired for the job.
Just one business day before he resigned from the board, Coverstone told The City Paper that he hadn’t yet decided whether to apply for the charter schools position. Coverstone said at the time that he wanted to find out whether the position attracted suitable candidates before making his own decision.
According to information obtained from MNPS in a public records request, three candidates in addition to Coverstone were considered for the job prior to his hiring. The group includes Mary Chambers, an MNPS administrator and former principal who currently serves as discipline administrator for the Metro Schools student services department; Don Hessler, a former charter school assistant principal and past administrator for districts in Florida and California; and Danielle Kaminsky, a current administrator at the Murfreesboro City School District.
MNPS officials say two other individuals applied for the job, but their materials weren’t considered, as the applications were submitted after the job posting was removed from the MNPS Web site. The original posting stated that the position would remain open until the identification of a candidate, a procedure that is in line with what MNPS human resources chief June Keel described Tuesday as a typical practice for administrative hires.
The job is at the executive director level of MNPS administration, which typically carries a salary in the range of $88,000 to $103,000, according to MNPS spokesperson Noelle Mashburn.
According to the district’s job description for the position, the 12-month administrative job would involve managing the charter school application process and overseeing regulatory requirements for compliance, as well as working with the Tennessee Department of Education and as a liaison between charter schools, private schools and MNPS.
Coverstone comes to the district from working full-time as an administrator at Montgomery Bell Academy. In his one year of work on the board, Coverstone has worked to be an advocate for charter schools. He served on a working group that, several months ago, proposed a slate of changes to district charter school policies that included the establishment of the position he’s been hired to fill. Coverstone’s first day on the job at MNPS is next Monday.
Hopefuls line up to replace Coverstone on board
Meanwhile, eight contenders have officially asked to take Coverstone’s place on the school board. Coverstone’s seat represents District 9, which includes Bellevue and parts of Belle Meade. The deadline to apply for the job was yesterday.
Read more about the candidates, and view their applications and resumes.