District 22 Metro Councilman Eric Crafton said he will not pursue the Board of Education seat, which became vacant Monday when school board member Alan Coverstone resigned.
Crafton considered running for the seat when it was up for election a year ago. It will fall to Metro Council to appoint Coverstone’s replacement.
“I don’t know that I’d want to come in in the middle of a term,” Crafton said. “If I did it, I’d rather come in with a new group. Plus we’ve got a lot of problems we’re working on with the new convention center and lots of different things I want to finish up right now. We’re going to work to try to find a qualified candidate.”
Crafton said a group of Council members would meet next week to discuss the vacancy and potential replacements. They will likely fill the vacancy at the July 21 meeting.
Coverstone resigned his seat so he could apply for a new position overseeing the implementation of Metro Nashville Public Schools’ new charter schools policy. Earlier this year the state legislature expanded the scope of charter schools and opened the door for more children to be eligible to attend.
Mayor Karl Dean has endorsed Coverstone for the vacant position.
The last time Council appointed a school board member was in 2007 when Mark North was unanimously chosen.