Long Meeting, No Public Comment From Teachers, Board At NCHS

By Alex Haglund

    The Nashville Community High School Board met on the evening of Monday, June 26 for their last regular meeting of the fiscal year. At the meeting, members of the NCHS teachers’ union, the Nashville Education Association (NEA), were allowed a chance to speak to the board in closed session and air the grievances that they have against NCHS Superintendent Ernie Fowler.

The NEA had previously voted to issue a statement of no confidence in Fowler, and had issued letters that indicated this to Fowler, the board, and to area media outlets including The Nashville News.

Among those present at the meeting were members of the Nashville Retired Teacher’s Association, who issued a statement read by Palma Steigman that asked for cooperation and the reestablishment of a committee of administrators, teachers and parents to have discussions for the good of the school and the greater NCHS community.

After the meeting’s regular agenda was concluded at approximately 6:20 p.m., the board entered closed session, and following a period of discussion by the board themselves, more than a dozen teachers entered the media center and remained in the room for more than two-and-a-half hours.

After the teachers exited the room, the board remained in closed session for more discussion. They returned to open session at approximately 10:20 p.m., after roughly four hours in closed session.

Regular board action and agenda items were approved after closed session, but the board made no statements on Fowler or the NEA’s points of discussion, and neither the board or the NEA had made any statements on what was discussed at press time.

For more information on the NCHS Board’s final amended budget of the year, the regular business of the meeting, and for the retired teacher’s association statement in support of a cooperative committee, please see the July 5 edition of The Nashville News.