Metro Schools Board votes 8-1 in favor of Dr. Looney, with contingencies

Dr. Mike Looney
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dr. Mike Looney has accepted the position as Metro Director of Schools, according to board chair Dr. Sharon Dixon Gentry.

It took the school board less than an hour Thursday to vote in favor of Looney 8-1 as its preferred candidate.

The offer is contingent on an extensive background and reference checks. A final decision on the position will be made next Thursday.

Board member Tyese Hunter voiced opposition after expressing concern about a controversial anonymous email sent to her about Dr. Looney’s actions in Williamson County.

According to Gentry, Looney said “he cannot wait for the board to unravel truths about the email.”

After the decision, he released the following statement:

I am honored to learn that Metro Nashville Public Schools has narrowed its search for the Director of Schools, and I am a finalist. Unfortunately, in the last hour of the meeting, a false allegation complicated matters by calling into question my integrity. I communicated to Board Chairwoman Gentry that my first priority is to set the record straight. I look forward to this being done in an expeditious manner. Meanwhile, I intend to converse with Williamson County School Board members about the implications of my selection as a finalist. I am especially thankful for all of the good work our families and employees are doing in Williamson County Schools. It is greatly valued. Out of respect to both School Boards and in order to facilitate getting closure on the false allegation, I will refrain from commenting further at this time.”

The board also cited the merits of candidate Dr. Angela Huff but many indicated she did not have the superintendent’s experience.

All three candidates faced extensive interviews during the first portion of the week.

Click here to view extended coverage on the search.

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