My Germantown Schools is hosting a candidate school for individuals interested in running for the Germantown Municipal School Board. The school board races will be part of the November 6th general election. According to Dick Vosburg, Treasurer of My Germantown Schools, “To have a great school system, we’re going to need a great school board. We don’t want talented people to be put off by the challenge of running a campaign.”
The candidate school will be held on July 10 from 6 to 9 pm in the media room at the Germantown Great Hall. A professional campaign consultant will show candidates how to prepare a campaign plan including messaging, fund-raising, and media strategies. Alderman Greg Marcom will add a local perspective, describing his experiences running for office inGermantown. Participants will receive a sample budget with typical campaign expenditures. A veteran campaign treasurer will walk participants through completing the required petition and financial reports. The Tennessee Sunshine law and the Germantown Ethics Code will also be covered. Experienced local campaigners will be available to answer questions.
Clint Hardin, co-chair of the candidate school, pointed out the challenges the inaugural school board will face. “Starting a district from scratch will be a major effort. We will be asking a lot from our first board, including a lot of their time. Germantownneeds board members who put children first and have a passion for public education. We expect more parents than politicians in these races and we want to help bring out the best candidates.”
Separately, the six suburban municipalities have arranged for the Tennessee School Board Association to offer a seminar focused on the specifics of the role of a school board. This meeting will be at theBartlettMunicipalCenteron August 7 from 5 to 7pm. Participants will learn the three primary responsibilities for the school board: the selection of the superintendent, setting school district policies and determining the annual budget. The TSBA session is intended to help potential candidates understand what It takes to be an effective board member. School board member is the only elected position inTennesseewhere an office holder can be removed for failing to complete an annual day-long continuing education class.
“The TSBA session will educate candidates on what it means to be a school board member. Our campaign school is designed to take the mystery out of how to get elected” said Vosburg.
Hardin described his vision of a board member. “Serving on theGermantownschool board will require the ability to work with other school board members, the superintendent and the Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Board members will also have to deal with the Consolidated Board of Education, theCountyCommissionand the State Department of Education. Most importantly, these board members will be the link between the school district and the parents and children that the district serves.”
Anyone interested in attending the candidate school should contact Clint Hardin at (901) 758-2540 or Dick Vosburg at (901) 757-9272 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration fee is $20 and advance registration is required.