School board member Kay Simmons, whose District 9 includes parts of West Nashville, told The City Paper Thursday she won’t run for re-election in August.
The Metro Council appointed Simmons to the board in 2009 after former school board member Alan Coverstone took a job with Metro schools’ central office. She was elected to the seat in 2010.
Simmons, who called her exit a “tough decision,” said she would run for re-election “in a heartbeat” if it were a two-year term but four years is too much of a commitment.
“I’m at the part of my life, I just can’t commit to that,” Simmons said.
“It’s got nothing to do with the school board,” she said. “I think the school board was a terrific experience, and I’m so glad I did it. It was very challenging, informative and rewarding. As I look forward to the next couple of years, I know it would be a hardship to remain on the board.”
Simmons creates an open seat on the nine-member school with her departure.
Candidates must qualify to run for school board seats by April 5.
So far only Amy Frogge, an attorney who works as a grant writer for the nonprofit Room in the Inn, has confirmed she plans to run for the seat. Frogge, who lives in Bellevue, has children at Gower Elementary School.
“I’m interested in doing this primarily because I have two young children in public school here,” Frogge said. “I’ve been heavily involved in their school for the last three years. I have worked hard to rally parents and the community to support the school. I feel like I have a good grassroots understanding of public school needs.”
According to the Davidson County Election Commission, Frogge is the only person to pick up papers to run for the seat as of Thursday.