Three Metro school board members signed off from their final board meeting last night before welcoming their recently elected replacements into their new positions.
At the conclusion of one of the shortest school board meetings in recent memory, board chair David Fox, along with board members Karen Johnson and Steve Glover, each took turns reflecting on their four-year runs on the board, expressing optimism on the direction Director of Schools Jesse Register is taking Metro Nashville Public Schools.
“Complacency is the biggest threat to our school children,” Fox said. “As long as the incoming board feels a sense of urgency to continue improving and reforming our schools, then I’m highly confident we’re going to have a success here that’s beyond expectations of almost anyone in Nashville.”
The trio, each elected in 2006, opted against re-election bids to their posts. Some of the panel's highest-profile actions included the hiring of Register to replace departed superintendent Pedro Garcia; the implementation of a controversial new student assignment plan, which went into effect last year; and the approval of last year’s budget which saw the district’s custodial services outsourced to a private company.
Replacements are Michael Hayes, Cheryl Mayes and Anna Shepherd, respectively. All three of the newcomers ran unopposed and were officially elected Thursday. Their first board meeting is later this month.
One of the first acts of the newly constituted board will be to appoint a new chair to replace Fox, who Register called the “greatest board chair” he’s ever worked with.
Current vice chair of the school board, and possible candidate for the chair position, is Gracie Porter, who represents parts of East Nashville.