Metro Schools to form community advisory committee
Metro Schools Director Dr. Jesse Register is calling for a formal community advisory committee to help build a plan for the future of East Nashville public schools. Together with on-going faculty and parent meetings, this committee represents a full commitment to community input and participation in the development of a plan for turning around low-performing schools and ensuring high-quality educational choices for all students in East Nashville.
Dr. Register is working closely with schools, leaders and stakeholder groups to form the East Nashville Priority Schools Advisory Committee. It will be made up of community-appointed representatives who can speak on behalf of their peers and unify East Nashville behind quality public education.
“This advisory committee is a natural outgrowth of the parent meetings we’ve been having for the last three weeks,” said Dr. Register. “I’ve already met with hundreds of parents. Many of them have different opinions, but we’re hearing common themes come up again and again – most notably their shared desire with us to have high-quality neighborhood schools. The next step for us is to bring together a group of representative voices to focus the conversation into substantive, usable recommendations from the community.”
The committee will be made up of 20 representatives, all appointed by important stakeholders in this issue. Members will meet regularly to receive a progress update on the planning process from the district’s administration and report the feedback and ideas of the community. The end goal is to develop general consensus on recommendations that represent community and stakeholder opinions that can be used in finalizing a proposal for the Board of Education.
Dr. Register added, “This committee will help ensure every voice in East Nashville is heard. Together, we can build a community of successful schools for all students.”
Committee appointments are expected in the coming days, with a meeting schedule to be decided soon.
- Board member Jill Speering will appoint one Maplewood Cluster parent
- Board member Jill Speering will appoint one Maplewood Cluster student
- Board member Elissa Kim will appoint one Stratford Cluster parent
- Board member Elissa Kim will appoint one Stratford Cluster student
- Councilman Peter Westerholm will appoint one Stratford Cluster community member
- Councilman Anthony Davis will appoint one Stratford Cluster community member
- Councilman Scott Davis will appoint one Maplewood Cluster community member
- Councilman Karen Bennett will appoint one Maplewood Cluster community member
- Kirkpatrick Elementary principal Mildred Nelson will work with parents to appoint a Kirkpatrick parent; Ms. Nelson will also appoint a Kirkpatrick teacher
- Inglewood Elementary principal Carrie Mickle will work with parents to appoint an Inglewood parent; Ms. Mickle will also appoint an Inglewood teacher
- Bailey Middle principal Christian Sawyer will work with parents to appoint a Bailey parent; Dr. Sawyer will also appoint a Bailey teacher
- Jere Baxter Middle principal Miriam Harrington will work with parents to appoint a Jere Baxter parent; Ms. Harrington will also appoint a Jere Baxter teacher
- Register will work with the district’s lead principals to appoint a principal from one priority school
- East Nashville charter school leaders will appoint one representative
- East Nashville United will appoint one representative
- Community PTO will appoint one representative