The View 38002 January 2014

Inside this Issue: “Arlington’s St. Jude Marathon,” p.4 Best Buddies at AHS, p.12 **************ECRWSS**** LOCAL POSTAL CUSTOMER PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL inform. educate. connect. Arlington & Lakeland’s Community Newspaper theview theview January 2014 Local Municipal Schools Select Superintendents Arlington HS and Germantown HS Principals to lead Arlington, Lakeland Systems By Terry Louderback Just three weeks after being sworn into office the boards for Arlington’s and Lakeland’s new municipal school systems announced their decisions for superintendent at separate meetings on December 23. Two legacy Shelby County principals will lead the new municiapal systems. The Arlington Community Schools Board selected Arlington High School Principal Tammy Mason. Just a few miles away, the Lakeland School System Board chose Germantown High School Principal Dr. Ted Horrell. “Tammy brings a tremendous amount of experience, almost three decades, and the personal contacts to work seamlessly with the other muni cipal dist rict s including the Unified District,” ACS Chairman Dale Viox stated. “Those relationships will allow us to navigate and accomplish things in a very diverse and complicated political environment.” After the Lakelandmeeting Kevin Floyd, LSS Chairman remarked “We are excited about the future. We think Dr. Horrell will be an excellent visionary. He will Tammy Mason give our children and teachers the support and tools necessary to achieve academic excellence.” Originally, the two systems had planned to share the position when they entered into a joint search process with the Tennessee School Board Association. The two boards were presented with the same list of four finalists by the TSBA, but interviewed them separately and asked different questions. During the Arlington meeting, Mayor Mike Wissman spoke briefly to the board, confessing that he was “choked up during the prayer” as this was a “proud moment” for the town. Viox also emphasized the significance of the occasion.“The importance of the day has weighed heavily on each member of the board,” he said. In the end, Arlington High School Principal Tammy Mason’s vision Dr. Ted Horrell for the school system and connections within the local education community gave her the unanimous support of the board to become the first superintendent of the Arlington Community Schools. Mason described herself as “humbled” to have been chosen for the position. “Arlington has great schools,:” Mason commented. “Our goal is to continue the outstanding work of our teachers and administrators and provide a system with structures, which supports the schools. “ “I will work hard to develop a system of communication for our community as decisions are made.” Ready to work, Mason added that she expects to begin filling key positions in the administration within the next few weeks and “to create processes and procedures for keeping and attracting the most effective teachers and administrators to ACS.” Support for Dr. Ted Horrell came both from members of the community during the public comments and from the school board members. Horrell’s emphasis on long-range planning and academic achievement set him apart and led to his nomination and selection as the inaugural superintendent of the Lakeland School System. Like Mason, Horrell is excited about “the opportunity to serve the Lakeland School System and the interests of the more than 2,000 students living in Lakeland. We have financial and logistical challenges ahead of us,” Horrell stated, “But we also have tremendous opportunities for growth and increased academic achievement. The residents of Lakeland expect the best for their children, and I look forward to working to help make sure those expectations are met.” Contracts for Mason and Horrell are expected to be approved in early January . Lakeland Unanimously Chooses Thomas As City Manager By Terry Louderback After a 45 minute delay for the commissioners to mull over their decision, Lakeland Mayor Wyatt Bunker and the Board of Commissioners unanimously selected Shelby County Commissioner Chris Thomas as the new City Manager on December 17. Four of the nine candidates were present at the Special Called meeting and participated in several rounds of questioning from the mayor and BOC. Along with Thomas, the group included Jim Lee, a former Fayetteville, TN city administrator, retired Air Force Brigadier General Randy Witt, and Fayette County Commissioner Terry Leggett. Thomas called heavily on his sixteen years of experience as Shelby County Probate Court Clerk and position as Shelby County Commissioner for the past three years to answer questions regarding his experience managing staff, projects, and departments. Prior to the vote, Lakeland Commissioner Randy Nicholson, who as an attorney worked with Thomas at the Probate Court, spoke in support of Thomas and his accomplishments as Probate Clerk. Thomas began his position as Lakeland City Manager in late December. At the meeting he announced that he will continue on the Shelby County Commission until the end of his current term in 2014, but will not run for re-election. Thomas is a graduate of Kingsbury High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Memphis.