By EMILY R. WEST
Retired educator Sandra Juarez is now the second candidate to turn in her application to seek a seat on the Williamson County School Board.
The Williamson County Commission accepted Susan Curlee’s resignation from the seat Monday night, creating a District 12 vacancy. Curlee first announced she would resign in mid-July and later turned her official note to Chairman Jack Walton at the end of August.
According to her one-page application, Juarez taught for more than 30 years. During her decades of service, she worked as a special education teacher, coordinator for gifted education for the district, an associate professor at Belmont University, and as an assistant principal for the district.
“I am currently retired, but have a keen interest in guaranteeing that Williamson County Schools students receive the best education our school system can provide to them,” she wrote. “In order to provide such an education, it is imperative that those responsible work in a collaborative manner.”
Juarez wrote she believed her experience in education gave her insight to serve on the board.
“I assure you that I will do my utmost to provide positive leadership so that Williamson County Schools can continue to be exemplary in meeting the diverse educational needs of students, thereby equipping all students with those skills necessary to attain their full potential and pursue whatever goals they choose.”
How does the appointment work?
Those interested in the position can apply with the Williamson County Mayor’s office until Sept. 23.
The District 12 commissioners – Dana Ausbrooks and Steve Smith – will appoint the candidate. The full commission will vote in October.
Whoever fills the appointment will serve for the next two years.