The View 38002 December 2013

Shepherd’s Haven Pottery, p.3 **************ECRWSS**** Meet Your Neighbor: Dave Brown, p.6 PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL LOCAL POSTAL CUSTOMER inform. educate. connect. Arlington & Lakeland’s Community Newspaper December 2013 theview theview Municipal School Board Members Elected; Swearing In Ceremonies Set for December 2 By Terry Louderback After a nearly twoyear process, including one nullified election, Lakeland and Arlington reached an important milestone on the way to operating their own municipal school system with the November 7 school board election. Unofficial results from the Lakeland Municipal School Board Election have Kevin Floyd, Laura Harrison, and Kelley Hale elected to four-year terms. Matt Wright and Teresa Henry were elected to two year terms. In Arlington, all positions were uncontested. The election results are expected to be certified by the Shelby County Election Commission at its regular meeting on November 21. What Happens Next? At press time, the municipalities had reached agreements and settlements with the Shelby County Board of Education for a quit claim deed to the buildings within the municipal boundaries. Those agreements are expected to be approved by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners on November 22 and will need to be approved by the new installed school boards. approve the settlement agreements, elect a chair, and begin the official business of operating municipal schools. Board Meetings In November, the municipal governments of Arlington and Lakeland passed separate resolutions to authorize the Tennessee School Board Association to conduct a joint search for a superintendent for the Arlington and Lakeland Municipal School systems. On December 2, 2013, the school boards will hold separate swearing in ceremonies and officially take office. Both boards are expected to hold their first board meeting that evening— Arlington at 5:00 pm and Lakeland at 7:30 pm—to Superintendent Lakeland School Board Members Currently, the TSBA is scheduled to meet with the Arlington and Lakeland School Boards at 5:30 pm on Monday, December 2 at Arlington Town Hall. According to the TSBA, interviews of candidates are required to be held in meetings that are open to the public under Tennessee’s Open Meetings Law. The candidate selected is expected to assume the superintendent position effective January 2014. Arlington Community Schools Swearing-In Ceremony—5:00 pm, December 2 at Arlington Town Hall Follow on Facebook: Arlington Community Schools Lakeland Municipal Schools Swearing-In Ceremony—7:00 pm, December 2 at Lakeland City Hall We’re Going Monthly! THE VIEW 38002 Announces Increase to Frequency, Direct Mail Delivery By Terry Louderback Kevin Floyd Kelley Hale Laura Harrison Teresa Henry Matt Wright Arlington Community Schools Board Members Danny Young, Position 1 Barbara Fletcher Kevin Yates Position 3 Position 2 Kay Williams Position 4 Dale Viox Position 5 After six months of careful planning, THE VIEW 38002 has launched a number of important changes designed to better fulfill its mission to inform.educate.connect the Arlington/Lakeland/NE Shelby County community. With this issue, the paper will begin to print on a monthly, rather than bi-monthly basis. From a news point of view, this shorter cycle will enable us to print features more quickly and keep our content fresher and more relevant for our readers. The redesigned website, Facebook updates and Twitter feed help us keep on top of what’s important to our community every day. Because of the need to expedite delivery, with this issue THE VIEW 38002 will also pilot test direct mail delivery through the US Post Office to over 5700 addresses in Lakeland. As a result, the total circulation of the paper will increase to almost 11,000 copies. We are proud to be your locally-owned community newspaper and thank our readers, contributors, and advertisers for their support.