By EMILY R. WEST

With three generations of investment into Williamson County, District 12’s Nancy Nelson Garrett would like to further that contribution.

Seeking the now open District 12 Williamson County School Board seat, Nelson Garrett was the first to apply for appointment. The Williamson County Commission accepted Susan Curlee’s resignation from the seat Monday night. Curlee first announced she would resign in mid-July and later turned her official note to Chairman Jack Walton at the end of August.

Moving forward, Nelson Garrett said she would like to represent the District as a whole and understood the needs of parents and students. She’s been attending district meetings during the last two years. Out in the audience, she’s live tweeting everything from policy meetings to the board’s work session.

As a whole, our district is facing significant issues of growth, personnel shortages, and funding,” she wrote in her application. “WCSB members sign a Code of Ethics that states that they will always put all of the district’s students first in their decision making. I intend to do just that.”

Nelson Garrett says she brings in a perspective of the Franklin Special School District to the table. Her son attended an FSSD school before moving on to high school. He graduated from Centennial High School in 2015, and is now a college sophomore.

FSSD families attend WCS schools during the four years of high school,” she wrote. “Approximately 80 percent of District 12 children are zoned for FSSD for grades K-8, then Centennial High School for grades 9-12. There is currently no board member who has been part of the FSSD community. Prior to 2014, there were generally at least two.”

Outside of being an active parent at board meetings, Nelson Garrett has volunteered throughout the community and schools. She was one of 14 founding members of Hands on Nashville. She also founded the Friends of FSSD Schoolchildren Summer Reading Program and served as Centennial High School PTO President from 2014-2015.

She graduated from Belmont with a Bachelor of Business Administration, concentrated in Marketing. Nelson Garrett currently works for Deloitte, a professional services consulting firm. 

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.

Emily West covers Franklin, schools, and high school football for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22.