The Board of Education for Metro Nashville Public Schools voted on Friday to cancel the director search process and appointed Dr. Adrienne Battle as the Director of Schools. Dr. Battle, who has led the district as interim director for the past 11 months, is the first woman to serve in this role for Metro Schools.
Board Chair Anna Shepherd said Dr. Battle has brought stability and a sense of security to the school district while guiding it through its recovery from the devastating March 3 tornado and leading the response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“She’s stepped up to the plate and made those tough decisions, all the while keeping MNPS students, families and employees in the forefront,” Shepherd said.
Dr. Battle thanked the board for its leadership and thanked MNPS employees for their dedication to educating the district’s 86,000 students.
“This isn’t just a job for me,” she said. “As you all know, I am a native Nashvillian, I am a product of Metro Nashville Public Schools, I have served in this district for many, many years. So this is not a stepping-stone for me. This is home, this is family, and I intend to act as such.
“I’m committed, I’m eager, and I’m ready to continue the work that we’ve started.”
The board voted unanimously both to end the search process and to select Dr. Battle. District 3 school board member Jill Speering was unable to attend the meeting, as she is out of the country on a previously scheduled trip. The board will enter contract negotiations with Dr. Battle to finalize the terms of her appointment when the entire board can be present.
The board voted on January 14, 2020, to adopt a search process for selecting and interviewing candidates for the Director of Schools position. Out of 19 candidates who applied, five were selected to be interviewed by the board. On March 3, the board suspended interviews previously scheduled for the week of March 2-6 as a result of the tornado damage and recovery effort. On March 10, the board adopted a new timeline and interview schedule, but it suspended that effort on March 12 so the district could respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
About Dr. Adrienne Battle
Dr. Adrienne Battle brings more than 20 years of academic leadership experience within Metro Nashville Public Schools to her post. In April of 2019, she was chosen to serve as interim Director of Schools following the Board’s decision to buy out the contract of the previous director. Prior to taking the job of interim director, she served the southeast quadrant as one of the district’s four community superintendents, as an executive lead principal for priority and elementary schools, the executive principal at Antioch High School, and the academic principal and assistant principal at Glencliff High School. She also has held other leadership and teaching positions within Metro Schools and has served as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Phoenix and Tennessee State University. She holds masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees from Tennessee State University and a bachelor’s from Missouri State University.