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Dozens apply for positions on unified school board

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - It was an opportunity to make a first impression, and for candidates vying for a spot on the Unified City/County School Board, that's exactly what they did.

Wednesday, dozens of candidates turned out to take part in the interview process.  After waiting for his or her name to be called, each candidate was given two minutes to tell commissioners why they're the best person for the job.

One such candidate was Nancy Knous.

"You don't want me in the classroom, I promise you that, but I'm very diplomatic," she told commissioners.  "I think I can bring people together.  You have to listen to people."

Then there were questions and answers from the commissioners.

"You're actually in the school on a pretty regular basis, not sitting at an office at Central Administration," commissioner Mike Carpenter told Knous. "You're out in the schools."

The interviews went on for hours. Commissioners will choose the top three candidates for each of the 25 districts in the expanded board they have created.  It's a process the Shelby County School board claims the process is illegal, and it's asking a federal judge to stop it immediately.

"There are obviously two different opinions," Carpenter said. "The courts will have to sort this out. Until then, we have a responsibility to move forward."

But the candidates say no matter what happens, they're determined to make a difference.

"Failure is not an option," candidate Julia Howell said. "It's not an option for any children in our school system."

Appointments to the board are expected to be made on Monday, March 28.

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