Eight apply for vacant school board seat

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 4:27pm

CORRECTED VERSION: There’s no lack of interest in school board service among residents of Bellevue and Belle Meade. Eight people are officially due to be considered for a school board seat recently vacated by Alan Coverstone.

Metro Council members will appoint Coverstone’s successor. Candidates for the seat have been invited to a “meet and greet” session with Council members next Monday. West Nashville Council members have said they aim to come to a consensus on the best candidate for the seat, and then make a unified recommendation to the rest of the Council.

Eight individuals have officially asked to be considered for the seat. Hopefuls had until 4 p.m. Tuesday to submit applications.

Listed here are all the candidates who have applied, along with documents they submitted to Metro Council in indicating their candidacy.

Elizabeth Millsaps Merkel, a parent of a Metro preschool student and legislative director for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

Julie Lamb, a Metro schools parent and volunteer in school system activities, participating most recently in Mayor Karl Dean’s Project for Student Success task force and in leadership roles within the district’s Parent Advisory Council.

Kay Simmons, a longtime local education advocate whose credentials include service as the first executive director of the Nashville Alliance for Public Education.

Lee Limbird, a veteran of medical higher education and former high-level administrator for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Limbird ran in last summer’s election and came in second after Coverstone, with 36 percent of district votes.

Martin Kennedy, a Metro parent and economics professor at Middle Tennessee State University.

Michael La Haie, who works as a student affairs administrator for St. Cecelia Academy.

Paul Brenner, a former teacher at Metro Nashville Public Schools as well as a candidate in last summer’s District 9 school board election. Brenner was defeated in the election by Coverstone, netting 7 percent of district votes compared to Coverstone’s 49 percent.

Rich Haglund, an attorney for the Tennessee Board of Education and a write-in candidate in last summer’s election.

A ninth prospective candidate, Ronnie Osborne, of the Ronnie Osborne Hitting School, who describes himself as a lifelong educator and retired Tennessee teacher, has withdrawn his name from consideration.

(Note: An earlier version of this story listing Haglund's withdrawal was incorrect.)

Brenner.pdf356.59 KB
Haglund.pdf779.73 KB
Kennedy.pdf674.23 KB
La Haie.pdf285.38 KB
Limbird.pdf540.83 KB
Merkle.pdf433.4 KB
Simmons.pdf457.33 KB
Osborne[1].pdf487.22 KB
Lamb.pdf744.65 KB