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Here are the candidates for the vacant seat on the Memphis-Shelby County Schools Board of Trustees

Three Memphians threw their hats in the ring to fill the District 7 seat on the Memphis-Shelby County School Board vacated by Miska Clay Bibbs.

Clay Bibbs represented southeast Memphis neighborhoods in District 7, such as Parkway Village and Oakhaven, since 2014, but she left the council in August after being elected to the Shelby County Commission, which will appoint her to replace her. .

The commission will interview the three nominees at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 and vote later in the day, said Michael Whaley, vice chairman of the commission’s education committee.

The candidates are:

  • Terrell Mitchell, a Teach for America educator, according to his LinkedIn profile.
  • Frank Johnson, former MSCS teacher and current South Memphis community activist at the Center for Transforming Communities, according to his LinkedIn profile. The Center for Transforming Communities describes himself as a non-profit organization “dedicated to the holistic transformation of neighborhoods and communities in and around Memphis.”
  • Jason Sharif, Memphis youth and community advocate for more than 20 years, according to his biography at Strategies for the Whole Child, a non-profit organization that aims to support children and families affected by poverty. Prior to becoming a neighborhood organizer there, the Whitehaven native worked for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services as an investigator, juvenile justice probation officer and regional juvenile justice coordinator. Sharif also taught sixth grade social studies at Craigmont Middle School and was principal of the Westwood High School Boys & Girls Club.

Chalkbeat will update this story with more information once it obtains copies of the contestants’ applications.

The appointee will fill Clay Bibbs’ seat for the remainder of his term, which expires in August 2024. This appointee will join two other new board members – Keith Williams in District 6 and Amber Huett-Garcia in District 8 — at a critical time as the board embarks on the district’s first national superintendent search in more than a decade.

New board chair Althea Greene announced on Tuesday that she will delay the start of the search to replace former superintendent Joris Ray by several weeks, so new board members can get up to speed on the process. .

Samantha West is a reporter for Chalkbeat Tennessee, where she covers K-12 education in Memphis. Contact Samantha at [email protected]



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