Hembree exits FSSD board, passion for education continues
By Kerri Bartlett
Melanie Hembree resigned from the FSSD school board due to a move out of state but says that her passion for education runs even deeper because of her experience on the board.
Melanie Hembree resigned from the Franklin Special School District Board of Education last month after five years of service due her family moving to Alpharetta, Georgia. However, Hembree said that her passion for education runs deeper than ever, and she is proud of the board’s accomplishments during her years of service.
Hembree, who has also served in the design profession for 15 years, sat on the board during major decisions including the Equity Rezoning of the district last year, which served the purpose of balancing the district’s population so that students could receive the best education possible. She also served as part of the body when FSSD was named an “Exemplary” school district by the state and when the district completed its accreditation process with flying colors and accolades through AdvancEd this spring.
The Williamson Herald caught up with Hembree to reflect on her years of service on the board.
What do you feel are your most significant achievements on the board?
The achievements that stand out in my mind are those that support providing the best environments for our children to learn. That is, the physical improvements to our facilities, as well as, the Equity Process that the district embarked on last year.
Also, with great work from the district staff, the board has been able to fund the budget with no tax increase while still supporting teachers, being named a 2012 Exemplary School District, and successfully completing the AdvancEd accreditation process this past spring.
What personal gains did you experience from being a board member?
I have gained a deeper passion and appreciation for the importance of public education and those who work daily to provide the best for our students. I have found that the best personal growth happens when you put others first, step way out of your comfort zone, and keep your focus on the big picture.
What are your future hopes for the direction of the FSSD Board of Education?
I hope that the board continues its focus on excellence and advocating for the children of the FSSD. This district has an excellent board of education, and I look forward to the bright future they have ahead.
The board meets tonight at Johnson Elementary for its monthly meeting and will review potential candidates for the vacant seat on the six-member FSSD Board of Education.
Posted on: 6/10/2013