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Board of Education Chooses Semifinalists for Director of Schools

The Metro Nashville Board of Education (Board) has chosen five semifinalist candidates in the search for a permanent director of schools for MNPS. The candidates were chosen from 19 applicants for the job in a search process led by the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA). The following candidates were selected to be interviewed:

  • Adrienne Battle: Interim Director of Schools, Metro Nashville Public Schools, TN
  • Brenda Elliott: Chief of School Improvement & Supports and Chief of Equity, DC Public Schools
  • Brian Kingsley: Chief Academic Officer, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, NC
  • Shelley Redinger: Superintendent, Spokane Public Schools, WA
  • Roderick Richmond: Executive Director of Student Support Services, Shelby County Schools, TN

The search process, adopted by the Board on January 14, 2020, includes interviews with each semifinalist candidate consisting of the same predetermined questions developed by the Board members. Interviews by the Board will take place in public meetings at 6PM on separate nights for the candidates during the week of March 2-6, the schedule of which will be released after the TSBA contacts individual candidates to determine availability. At the end of the process, each board member will list but not rank her top two choices on a written, and signed, ballot.

The candidate receiving the most votes may be invited to return for a second interview. This person will not be identified as the Board’s first choice, but will become the Board’s candidate of focus. The Board will follow the same procedure with the remaining candidate, if necessary.

The Board is anticipated to make an offer to a candidate by the March 24, 2020 meeting. 


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