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Metro director of schools releases 100 day report, talks future plans for district

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Metro Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph (WSMV file photo) Metro Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph (WSMV file photo)
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Four months into his new role, the new director of Metro Schools is sharing new information about his future plans.

Dr. Shawn Joseph has received some criticism for some of his spending.

Joseph has been talking about his 100-day plan from day one. Tuesday morning, Channel 4 was the first to share the results of that report.

At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Joseph provided a better idea of his priorities moving forward.

In front of board members, his new leadership team and parents, Joseph talked about making changes to areas like employee pay, middle school programs and diversity.

“What I’ve noticed is we have been suspending African American boys at a much higher rate than we have any other population, and it’s something we need to look at,” Joseph said.

The I-Team first raised this issue in 2011.

He said he wants to pay teachers more money and found the district isn't investing enough in its middle schools.

"How do we make sure teachers have the training and support they need to make it an engaging environment in all areas?” Joseph asked.

But all of these things cost money. Some already question whether district money is being spent wisely.

Earlier this year, the Channel 4 I-Team reported that a new $55,000 Chevrolet Tahoe and a personal driver were included in Joseph’s contract. That’s on top of the new leadership team he brought in with a price tag of more than $500,000.

“What do you say to those who have questioned your spending up until this point?” asked I-Team reporter Lindsay Bramson.

“I would tell them keep watching and we'll keep working hard to do what we need to do,” Joseph said.

The I-Team asked Joseph if he had been asked about his spending at previous jobs and how he feels about the criticism received so far in Nashville. He choose not to directly answer the question.

"Nashville is a great place and the city has been very warm and welcoming. I’m happy to be here,” he said.

"I think some of it does not reflect what really goes on in this city,” Metro Councilman Ed Kindall said.

Kindall is part of Joseph’s transition team. He's also defending the way tax dollars have been spent since the school year started.

“I think those are things we can go beyond and make the school system successful with his leadership,” Kindall said.

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