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New Metro Schools director says better communication, literacy are goals for the year

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Posted at 9:58 AM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 12:08:45-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Years after graduating from John Overton High School, the new director of Metro Nashville Public Schools returned to the school to greet students on the first day.

This spring, Dr. Adrienne Battle stepped in as interim superintendent. She took over for Dr. Shawn Joseph, who struck a deal with the city to leave before his contract expired.

On Monday, Dr. Battle spent about one hour at Overton High School greeting students, talking to teachers and meeting with some of the faculty she had in high school.

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At the school, Dr. Battle told reporters a big priority this year is to improve communication.

During the 2018-2019 school-year, tension within the Metro School Board took the spotlight off of students at times. Additionally, the city budget did not include the 10% raise the teacher's union requested, causing a rift between the district and mayor's office.

Dr. Battle also encouraged parents to give more attention to their student's education. She vowed her office will do the same.

Dr. Battle will hold her title for at least two years. She signed an agreement with the school board that is good until April 2021.