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Vacant seat leaves open opportunity on FSSD board

A vacant board seat has left an open opportunity for four eager candidates to serve on the Franklin Special School District Board of Education. 
 
The FSSD board reviewed information about four applicants at a meeting on June 10 for a board seat left vacant by Melanie Hembree, five-year board member, who recently resigned to move out of state with her family. 
 
Applicants expressed passion for serving FSSD and listed previous experience in applications submitted to the school board. 
 
Candidates must meet the following criteria: at least 21 years of age; residents of the school district; must show proof of graduation from high school or receipt of a General Educational Development (G.E.D.) degree.
 
Board members are elected at-large on a non-partisan basis.
 
Below are highlights from each candidate’s application. 
 
Allena (Lena) McFarland Bell
FSSD Family and Community Advisory Council
Secretary of Executive PTO, FSSD
Freedom Intermediate and Johnson Elementary Advisory Board
Development Director, New Hope Academy
Pharmaceutical sales
B.A. in government, Liberty University
 
Andrew Fleenor
FSSD parent
Math teacher at Middle College High School
Teacher since 2003 in Williamson Count Schools
Finance degree, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
 
Christy Thomas
Parent at Johnson Elementary
Moved to Franklin in 2010 because of the school system
Served 11 years as a teacher
Homemaker
Served as FSSD room parent
B.A. in early childhood education, University of Memphis
 
Kevin G. Townsel
Parent at Franklin Elementary
Served as president of Executive FSSD PTO (two terms)
Served on FSSD Compensation Task Force
Chairman of FSSD Financial Task Force
Board Chair of Education Equal Opportunity Group, Inc. 
B.A. in liberal arts, University of Illinois
 
The FSSD Board of Education will vote on the new board member at its July 15 meeting. The seat will be occupied until the August 2014 elections. 
 

Posted on: 6/11/2013

 
 

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