Sixth District Candidates

Loudon County Board of Education


Deadline to qualify September 8 Wednesday, 12:00 NOON


Office of Candidate Name of Candidate Date
Petition Issued 
Petition Returned
Date Withdrawn
County School Board 6th District         
  Ric Best 08/26/2010    
  Nick Bradshaw 08/20/2010    
  Wayne Gardin 08/20/2010    
  Larry Housley III 08/20/2010    
  Jason Simon 08/20/2010  08/30/2010  



SOURCE: Tennessee School Board Association


School Board 

Who is Eligible?

In order to be eligible to be elected to a Tennessee school board, one must be:

  • A citizen of Tennessee
  • At least 18 years old
  • A resident of the school district
  • A high school graduate (or G.E.D.)
  • A registered voter in the county
Running for Office

To become a school board candidate, you must:

  1. File a petition signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the school district. You may pick up a petition at your local election commission office. The signed petition must be filed by the deadline established by the election commission of the county in which you are running for school board member.
  2. Show evidence of a high school diploma or G.E.D.

Once you're a candidate

The Campaign Financial Disclosure Act of 1980 requires all candidates for public office to file a report of campaign contributions and expenditures. An Appointment of Treasurers Form must be filed with the county election commission.

Candidates in local races must file the conflict of interest statement with the county election commission in the county of the candidate's residence. Statements must be filed in the appropriate office within thirty days after the qualifying deadline. The disclosure must be written on the form prescribed by the registry of election finance and must be signed by one attesting witness.

Members of city and special school district boards of education are elected by the people, by the city council, or by a combination of the two. County school boards are elected, by popular vote, by district, in non-partisan elections, to staggered four-year terms of office. Boards of special school districts are to be elected pursuant to the provisions of private acts establishing such systems, and city school boards may be elected by district or at large.

Compensation for school board members is set by the organizing authority (county commission, city council, the Legislature, etc.) but is subject to the amount set by state law. Members may not lawfully receive compensation for services other than those of attending the regular and special meetings of the board.

Duties of a School Board

The two basic premises of school board operations are:

  1. The board is a corporate body. The authority of a board member includes expressing an opinion and casting a vote in a board meeting. Outside a board meeting, a board member has no authority over school matters.
  2. The board is a policy-making body. The board speaks through policy. Matters which the board chooses not to address through policy are left to the discretion of the superintendent. School boards make policy and superintendents carry out the policy.

In addition, the Legislature has specified the following mandatory duties:

Management and Control. The board of education is to manage and control all public schools established under its jurisdiction. This gives the board of education the primary authority over school matters, but management responsibilities are delegated to the superintendent.

Employment. The board has the duty to:

  • set salaries for employees;
  • grant tenure to employees;
  • approve evaluation plans for employees; and
  • hold dismissal hearings when necessary.

Purchasing. The board may purchase supplies, furniture, fixtures and materials of every kind. All expenditures for such purchases estimated to exceed $10,000 must be made by competitive bids.

Budget Preparation. The Board of Education is required to prepare a budget and to submit it to the appropriate legislative body.

Students. The Board of Education has several duties regarding students. The Education Code gives the board the duty to discipline students after a hearing and the duty to establish standards and policies governing student attendance.

Policies. Local boards of education are required to compile and publish an official policy manual.

Mandated School Board Training

State Board of Education Rules and Regulations require each member of a local board of education to participate annually in seven hours of training provided through the School Board Academy. All board members must complete the basic core modules (Policy, Board/ Superintendent Relations, Vision, Advocacy and Finance) within a five-year period after assuming office. Any local board member who fails to attend training may be removed from office.

New school board members must attend a two-day Orientation session in Nashville, plus a seven-hour training session in their first year. Upon completion of each required session, board members will receive Academy credit and $75 stipend from the State Department of Education.


SOURCE: Tennessee School Board Association (TSBA)


Loudon County Board of Education

School Board member pay: $300 monthly

Benefits: ?



Tennessee Attorney General Opinion



1. May the Commissioner of Education remove a popularly elected school board member from office for failure to attend annual training?

2. May the Commissioner of Education withhold state funding from an LEA1 for a board memberís failure to attend annual training?


Failure of County School Board Members to Attend Annual Training pdf file


Election Commission Office Press Release


Early Voting Schedule for November 2, 2010 Election


Wednesday, October 13-  10 A.M.-6 P.M.

Thursday, October 14- 10 A.M.-6 P.M.

Friday, October 15- 10 A.M.-6 P.M.

Saturday, October 16- 9 A.M.-12 P.M.


Monday, October 18- 10 A.M.-6 P.M.

Tuesday, October 19- 10 A.M.-6 P.M.

Wednesday, October 20- 10 A.M.-6 P.M.

Thursday, October 21- 10 A.M.-6 P.M.

Friday, October 22- 10 A.M.-6 P.M.

Saturday, October 23-  9 A.M.-12 P.M.


Monday, October 25- 10 A.M.-6 P.M.

Tuesday, October 26- 10 A.M.-6 P.M.

Wednesday, October 27- 10 A.M.-6 P.M.

Thursday, October 28- 10 A.M.-8 P.M.


Locations:  Loudon County Election Commission Office

Roane State Community College- Lenoir City


PLEASE NOTE:  You are eligible to vote at either location.