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District 4 commissioners choose school board nominee

Official vote to take place Monday

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Josh Brown

District 4 commissioners Gregg Lawrence and Chad Story have chosen Josh Brown as their nominee for the open Williamson County Schools Board of Education seat.

Williamson County’s District 4 commissioners have chosen their nominee for the open Williamson County Schools Board of Education seat: Josh Brown.

“Josh is a very humble man with a measured temperament and highly principled character,” the two commissioners wrote in a statement on Thursday. “We have no doubt that the residents of the 4th District and WCS will be well served by Josh and that he will make a great addition to the school board.”

District 4 commissioners Gregg Lawrence and Chad Story intend to nominate Brown for the position during the Williamson County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday. Other commissioners will also have the chance to nominate any of the 10 applicants for the position, and the 24-member commission will vote in order of the nominations. The first to receive a majority vote will fill the seat.

The District 4 spot on the school board opened up at the top of the month after former member Brad Fiscus moved out of the state on Sept. 30. Rather than holding a special election, the commission has been tasked with filling the seat to finish out the term through August of 2022, when the position will be up for election.

Brown is a Franklin native, national vice president at Pfizer and parent of three children in WCS. His wife, Mary Kate, is one of the founders of the “Back to School - Williamson County” group on Facebook, which started in the summer of 2020 and has advocated for in-person school and “parents’ choice” regarding a number of topics, including face masks.

Brown shared that he also believes that having children in school is important, with exceptions for certain cases of course. He was less direct on the issue of masks and parent choice.

“There was and there still is room for better communication between the school district and parents ... and among the board,” he said. “So, I would hope to encourage that. Parents should play an essential role in their children’s education, and parents should be heard. It’s important that everybody be at the table when these decisions are being made.”

Brown told the Herald earlier this week that he believes, as a fourth-generation Williamson Countian, he understands the community and what matters to WCS parents. Following the commissioners’ announcement of choosing him as their nominee, he is hopeful for a majority vote on Monday.

“I think I’m well suited to come in right away and make a contribution,” he said. “I don’t have a particular agenda. I think the right thing to do is to come in and meet the leadership of the district and meet the leadership of the schools ... and understand their perspective, understand their concerns and their needs and then, obviously, talk to parents in the fourth district and use all that information to make good decisions.”

The other applicants to the position include Anita Aluotto, Elliott Franklin, Aaron Greeno, Edina Kishonthy, Bridget Parkes, Timothy Malone, Michael Miller, Pete Stresser and Seth Yu.

“We want to thank all of the great candidates that stepped forward to offer to serve in this position — who are all already doing many great things for our community,” Lawrence and Story wrote. “You are all part of what makes Williamson County one of the greatest places to live in America.”

The county commissioners will officially appoint a new school board member on Monday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Williamson County Administrative Complex. The meeting can also be viewed live on Williamson County TV or the county’s YouTube channel.

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jgronline

His wife is an anti-vaccine and anti-mask facebook troll.

Once again, Gregg Lawrence and Chad Story picked a terrible candidate to replace a school board opening. They did the same thing a few years ago by picking an extremist and the rest of the county commissioners ignored their poor choice and picked a more qualified candidate.

BFranklin37064

@jgronline it's obvious you do NOT know either one of them. Josh Brown will be an excellent school board member! Josh is very analytical and will listen to the parents in our district. He is a product of Williamson County Schools and his children are students in our district. He will be a great voice for us all!

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