Superintendent search firm hears from mayoral hopefuls


Three candidates for Nashville mayor had their say Wednesday with the firm leading the search for a new Metro schools director...

Among those observing the hire are the seven leading candidates running for mayor, who would enter office just months after a new superintendent comes on board. Only mayoral candidates Megan Barry, Charles Robert Bone and Fox, however, took part in Wednesday's session designed specifically for mayoral candidates.

For nearly three years, board members have remained split on the role of publicly financed, privately operated charter schools. But not all mayoral candidates say spirited disagreement is a bad thing.

"I see it a little differently," said Barry, an at-large Metro councilwoman. "You've got an elected school board, so you've got representation by the community of who they want to represent them. The fact that you don't have everybody on agreement all the time is not a bad thing. ... What you want is an engaged board."


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