Shawn Joseph is Nashville’s new schools chief

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Shawn Joseph is Nashville’s next director of schools, capping a tumultuous year that saw one failed search lead to a second with greater community involvement and an eventual unanimous decision by the Metro school board to pick him to become the first African-American to lead the 86,000-student district.

Joseph, a 41-year-old deputy superintendent in Prince George’s County (Md.) Public Schools, agreed to a four-year contract with the district on Friday that will pay him $285,000 annually, about $19,000 more than retired Director of Schools Jesse Register.

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