Alan Coverstone, the former school board member turned central office charter administrator, has been tapped as executive director of Metro’s Office of Innovation,” a new cluster to be comprised of approximately 10 low-performing schools.
Under the appointment, Coverstone is to continue to his central office role of overseeing operations of Metro’s charter and thematic magnet schools. Prior to his arrival to Metro Nashville Public Schools, Coverstone had held the school board seat occupied currently by Kay Simmons.
Schools within the new low-performing school zone are to be determined by forthcoming federal No Child Left Behind results, set for release later this summer.
The idea behind the cluster is to bring direct assessment, intervention and resources to schools that have historically lagged behind. Metro schools officials are also trying to avoid potential state intervention at these same schools.
Coverstone has been working with consultants from United Kingdom-based Tribal Group Inc., which Director of Schools Jesse Register and the school board hired to help engineer reform efforts for the new zone.
“Innovation Cluster Schools will have access to a solid support network, including best practices and ideas from other schools combined with the freedom to carry them out and the expectation that they will succeed,” Coverstone said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the school district has also promoted East Literature Magnet School Principal Steve Ball as the new principal over all Paideia schools. Ball will continue his roll as principal at East Lit.