Metro Nashville Council approves District 7 school board member

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The Davidson County Board of Education is located in Berry Hill at 2601 Bransford Ave., Nashville. Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper

The Davidson County Board of Education is located in Berry Hill at 2601 Bransford Ave., Nashville. Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper

The Metro Nashville Council voted Nov. 5 to approve Freda Player-Peters as the new District 7 representative on the Metro Nashville Public Schools Board of Education.

Player-Peters, who is serving in the seat vacated in September by Will Pinkston, received 26 votes and will remain in the position until August 2020, when the seat is up for re-election. She most recently served as a senior legislative liaison in the Mayor’s Office.

“This district is extremely important and needs someone who can jump in immediately, act with professionalism and be completely up to speed on the issues,” said District 17 Council Member Colby Sledge. “I speak for several of my colleagues when I say we believe that person is [Player-Peters].”

Kevin Stacey, who previously served as executive director for the school district's department of English learners, received 14 votes.

In August, Nashville voters approved a charter amendment that brings the city into compliance with a state law that requires the Metro Nashville Council to fill any vacancy on the Metro Nashville Public School board. Previously, school board vacancies could be filled by the remaining members of the board.


District 7 represents more than 20 public schools in Southeast Nashville.


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