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Veteran School Board Member Says Goodbye

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ed Kindall ended his 27-years as a Metro School Board member after Tuesday night's school board meeting.

Two weeks ago he lost his seat to current board member Sharon Gentry after new district lines were drawn.

It's hard for many people to remember a Metro School Board without the man many call the conscience of the board. Kindall's tenure made him the longest seated member in metro history. His start was not necessarily planned, but Kindall believes it was his destiny.

"My family, most of them are all involved in education. My brother and sister, my mother was, my wife was a school teacher for 30 years," said Kindall.

An attorney by profession, it was a council member moving out of her district that got Kindall appointed to the seat.

"Actually I was supposed to serve a year and a half and now I find myself 27 years later still, at least as of today, a member of the board of education," said Kindall.

In 1985, Kindall said the top issue was implementing school busing laws and as he heads out, that topic has resurfaced in the form of neighborhood schools.

"I think the current state is, what I would consider, fairly good. We have director of schools who I think works extremely hard, who has a conviction; many of the same convictions I have as it's related to diversity and that kind of thing," said Kindall.

For this school board veteran, not being able to get more parents involved district wide and closing the education gap is something he said was not achieved fully during his tenure, but he said there is still hope with current board members.

"I think we have also improved the graduation rate. There are various things, just we haven't pulled it all together," said Kindall.

The future of Metro Schools in Kindall's opinion is bright and sure to include more charter schools-- but hopes they are not used with what he calls the "wrong purpose."

"When I say for the wrong purpose I mean racial isolation and socioeconomic isolation, I think we are going down a very dangerous path," said Kindall.

Kindall said just because you won't see his face in the game, doesn't mean he is not on the sideline.

"That doesn't mean that I won't be speaking in this board room. This podium is only about 15 feet away. I may not have as much time to talk, but I certainly continue will be apart of the conversation," said Kindall.

After Kindall's term ends on August 28, he plans to finish writing a book about North Nashville from the 1940's to the 1970s.

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