The MNPS School Board offered the position of Director of Schools to Shawn Joseph in a unanimous vote.
Within hours of the offer, Joseph accepted a four-year contract with a salary of $285,000 per year.
Charles Corra at Rocky Top Ed Talk thinks the offer is a good sign:
1. Many hot-button education issues create division among students, parents, and public officials in Nashville. A strong leader is needed to navigate these difficult obstacles and lead our schools in a pragmatic way.
2. A unified school board, and ultimately a community, is the best and most fruitful way to welcome a new superintendent into the school system, and to foster a unified approach to solving the district’s problems.
3. MNPS boasts a diverse community of students. Dr. Joseph would arrive at his job with MNPS coming from one of the more diverse communities in our country, and with the requisite experience to handle the complexities that Nashville presents.
4. Dr. Joseph’s impressive resume shows his lifelong experience in public education.
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