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Nashville Charter School CEO, Founder Stepping Down

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Jeremy Kane (FILE Photo) Jeremy Kane (FILE Photo)

by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The founder and CEO of LEAD Public Schools will be stepping down as CEO on July 1, the organization announced Tuesday morning.

Jeremy Kane will remain at LEAD as a strategic advisor to the board and organization until June 2014, when the first class graduates from LEAD Public Schools.

"While it will be difficult to say goodbye to our students, families, and staff, I am proud of all that we've accomplished and can't think of a better way to leave than to graduate with our first class of students in 2014," Kane said in a press release.

A reason for his departure was not immediately released.

Chris Reynolds will take over as CEO on July 1. He is currently the president and COO of LEAD.

LEAD Public Schools was the state's first charter management organization when it opened six years ago for fifth and sixth graders. It currently operates four campuses: LEAD Academy Middle School, LEAD Academy High School, Brick Church College Prep, and the state's first conversion charter school, Cameron College Prep.

In all, LEAD Public Schools serves 970 Metro students across four schools. It includes the districts first charter school conversions at Cameron and Brick Church Middle Schools.

The first class preparing to graduate from high school next year. Kane said they're on track to fulfilling the goal of having every student going to college.

It will be milestone, not only for students but for Kane, the school's founder.

"As much as I'm defined at LEAD," Kane said, "LEAD should not only be defined by me."

Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools Dr. Jesse Register released this statement: "Jeremy Kane and LEAD really stepped up when we looked for a charter partner for Cameron Middle School. We advertised nationally, but charter organizations were not interested. It has been a great partnership and Jeremy has been a really good person to work with for the four years I've been here. He has been a very positive influence in Nashville."

Rumors abound about what's next for Kane, a man who's star is quickly rising in the community.

When asked if Kane is considering running for Mayor he said, "Those are rumors. I don't know yet. My wife and I haven't even talked about what we're having for dinner tonight."


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