Coverstone resigns school board seat

Monday, June 29, 2009 at 11:30am

Alan Coverstone has resigned his seat on the Board of Education to apply for a new position with Metro Nashville Public Schools overseeing the implementation of a new charter schools policy.

As was first reported by The City Paper, Coverstone confirmed his interest in the position last week. Coverstone sent his letter of resignation to his fellow school board members Friday evening and applied for the new job this morning, he confirmed.

Coverstone said he didn’t have further comment on the decision at this time. He currently works as the academics dean at Montgomery Bell Academy.

“Anybody who’s as into education and making a change as I am ought to be excited about this job opportunity. It would be foolish for me not to be interested,” Coverstone said last week.

Mayor Karl Dean endorsed Coverstone for the position last week as well.

Board member Mark North said Coverstone’s resignation would be a loss, but added the position was critical to Nashville’s schools.

“I’m disappointed to see Alan off the board,” North said. “He did a good job, was thoughtful, always prepared. He has a lot of knowledge.

“[The fact] it’s a new position makes it really important that we do it right,” North said. “I’m not sure it’s any more important that the director of other offices. It’s important to have the feeling that the charter schools are part of us. That is something that in the initial stages of charter schools was missing.”

Coverstone was elected to the board last year and represents Bellevue and parts of Belle Meade. His replacement will be selected by Metro Council.