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Jackson elected to fill school board position after Carroll’s resignation

By Bill Short

Larry Jackson

Larry Jackson

The Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen elected Larry Jackson this week to fill the municipal school board position left vacant by Jennifer Carroll’s resignation.
Board members took the action Monday night at their regular monthly meeting during three rounds of voting.
Jackson was elected by a 4-1 vote, with Alderman Thomas McGhee dissenting, Alderman Hank Hawkins abstaining and Alderman Frankie Dakin absent.
A 1966 graduate of Millington Central High School, Jackson served as an alderman from 1984-88. He has also been a member of the Millington Industrial Development Board and the Millington Sports Authority, as well as the Board of Directors of the Millington Area Chamber of Commerce.
Since 2001, he has been president of the Patriot Bank in Millington.
In November 2013, Carroll was elected to an initial one-year term in school board Position 6. She resigned on June 19 to apply for a teacher position in the municipal school district and has been hired at E. A. Harrold Elementary School.
Jackson will serve for the remainder of Carroll’s term, which expires on Dec. 1.
Interim City Manager Chris Dorsey said he publicized the vacant school board position on the city’s Web site. “Interested parties” were asked to send him letters of intent and resumes’ by 5 p.m. on July 9.
Dorsey said Jackson was one of four individuals who responded. The others were Chris Denson, Jerry Everson and Ronnie Mackin.
On July 10, Dorsey distributed their information to the mayor and aldermen.
During the first round of voting Monday night, Jackson received the support of Aldermen Larry Dagen, Chris Ford and Bethany Huffman, while Everson was supported by McGhee and Alderman Mike Caruthers.
Hawkins abstained, because he is a new employee of the municipal school district.
Before the second round was conducted, McGhee said that, based on the resumes’ submitted, two of the four applicants were “clearly above the others.” But he noted that one is “already employed” by another school system.
McGhee said Everson is “a qualified individual” who would add “needed diversity” to the school board. While citing his master’s degree in education, as well as his teaching, coaching and management experience, he called Everson the “right man for this time in this position.”
But the second round of voting yielded the same 3-2 split.
While expressing affection for Jackson, McGhee questioned his lack of “school system experience.”
“His resume’ does not add up to what we’re being asked to appoint him to,” he said. “For this job, Jerry Everson is far more qualified.”
But Huffman cited Jackson’s “great experience” on a number of municipal boards, as well as “raising” his children and grandchildren in Millington’s schools.
In the third round of voting, Caruthers switched his support to Jackson, which gave him the necessary majority.
Immediately sworn in by Mayor Terry Jones, Jackson vowed to support the Tennessee and U.S. Constitutions and to “faithfully perform” the duties of a school board member.
During an interview after the meeting was adjourned, Jackson was asked what inspired him to apply for the vacant position.
He said he does not think anything currently happening in the city is “more important” than ensuring that the municipal school district “succeeds.” And because of his “business background,” he thought he could be “helpful” to the school board.
Jackson also said his initial inclination is to become a candidate in the Nov. 4 election for a four-year term in Position 6.

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