NASHVILLE (AP) A lobbying group for county governments is readying for a push in the state Legislature next year to allow the election of school superintendents instead of having them appointed by school boards.
Gov. Phil Bredesen and members of his administration oppose any change in the law, which went into effect in 1992. Efforts to change the law in recent years have failed.
Bob Wormsley, executive director of the Tennessee Association of County Services, believes there is strong support to change the current law. District meetings throughout the state with county commissioners, county mayors and other officials show that was the number one thing on their agenda for next year, he said.
The proposed legislation would give county commissions the option to exempt their county, by a two-thirds vote, from the law forcing appointed superintendents.
Knox County is among those that seems to favor a change in the law.
Bredesen said the superintendent position is too specialized to be put up for election, calling the job a highly professional, highly technical job best handled by a professional person with proper qualifications.