Tracking Mayor Barry’s campaign pledges

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Nashville’s long mayor’s race gave Megan Barry plenty of opportunities to make campaign promises.

Here’s a tally of just some of the items Barry discussed on the campaign trail — and what she’s done on
them.

Help recruit a new Nashville schools superintendent
What she said: In the middle of the 2015 mayor’s race, Williamson County Schools Director Mike Looney was offered the Nashville’s superintendent job, appeared ready to take it, but then turned down Metro. That brought the school board back to square one, and it meant the new search would begin after the installment of a new mayor. During the runoff election, Barry promised to help lead a recruitment of a new director and work collaboratively with the board.

What she’s done: Barry and the nonprofit Nashville Public Education Foundation co-chaired a search
committee that helped identify a profile in a new superintendent and recruit candidates to Nashville.
The idea was to bring more community input into the process after the previous search fell short. The
school board, which also used a search firm, selected Shawn Joseph, former deputy superintendent of
Prince George’s County (Md.) Public Schools. He started in July.

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