Gracie Porter is the new chair of the Metro Nashville Board of Education.
By a unanimous vote, the school board Tuesday night appointed Porter to take over the chairman’s seat held last by departed board member David Fox, who opted against re-election in August. Porter, who represents District 5, which includes East Nashville, was the only candidate nominated for the position.
“My commitment is to stay focused and put children first,” Porter said. “We’ve had much progress over the last few years; however, there is much more to be done as we move forward in the areas of pre-K classes for children regardless of income level, the academics and graduation rate.”
Previously serving as vice chair of the board, most observers viewed Porter as the natural and expected appointment to chair. Two years ago, Porter narrowly lost to Fox for the chairmanship by a 5-4 vote.
The board also appointed Mark North, who represents the Madison area, as the new vice chair and Ed Kindall as the parliamentarian.