VOL. 126 | NO. 175 | Thursday, September 8, 2011
County Commission Interviews School Board Applicants
By Bill Dries
It took Shelby County Commissioners nearly 10 hours Wednesday, Sept. 7, to interview nearly 100 contenders for seven appointments to the countywide school board that takes office Oct. 1.
The general government committee session with the applicants is a good indicator of what is likely to happen Monday when the full commission makes the appointments. The seven non-binding straw polls of the commission included selections by most of the 13-member body. But they selected either three or four finalists each which means there will probably a lot of shifts in votes Monday when commissioners are limited to one vote each.
The appointments could go several rounds, however, if no candidate gets the required seven vote majority on a first round.
Here are those who are recommended by the committee:
District 1: Noel Hutchinson Jr., Chris Lareau, Sammie Jones and Duncan Williams.
District 2: Tyree Daniels, Sherman Greer and Teresa Jones..
District 3: Angelo Lamar, Raphael McInnis, Karen Woodward.
District 4: Ken Hoover, Nancy Bailey, Todd Martin, Sonya Smith.
District 5: Jim Kyle, Mondonico Williams and Kevin Woods.
District 6: Rosalyn Nichols, Reginald Porter Jr., Terry Spicer and James Catchings.
District 7: Billy Orgel, Todd Payne, Michelle Moore-Lindsay and James Sdoia.
The recommendations do no limit commissioners in their nominations. They can nominate any citizen for the positions, recommended or not.
The seven selections from seven districts that cover all of Shelby County including the city of Memphis will join a transitional 23-member school board that also includes all nine current Memphis City Schools board members and all seven current Shelby County Schools board members. That board begins its service Oct. 1 and serves until Sept. 1, 2013 when a permanent seven-member countywide board elected in Aug. 2012 begins its term of office.
Read more about the interview process in Friday's edition of The Daily News.