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Sullivan BOE's Greene inducted into TSBA Scholars Circle

Rick Wagner • Updated Nov 20, 2017 at 11:59 AM

NASHVILLE — Jerry Greene has spent almost a third of a century serving on Tri-Cities school boards.

Longtime Sullivan County Board of Education member Greene and Johnson City board member Richard Manahan were among four school board members across Tennessee recently inducted into the Tennessee School Boards Association’s Scholars Circle.

The TSBA, during its annual convention, bestows the honor upon school board members if they have achieved Level V, the highest level, and earned 900 or more points in the TSBA Boardsmanship Award Program. Greene was inducted in absentia.

The other two 2017 Scholars Circle inductees were Diane Neeley of Bedford County Schools and Nancy Williamson of Oneida Special School District.

Greene, of Bristol, Tenn., has served more 32 years as a school board member — nine for the Bristol system and 23 for the county system, with the latter service beginning in 1994. His four-year term will expire on Sept. 1, 2018. His wife recently said they got married at age 18 and that he has been gone many nights attending civic, community or school functions over the years.

Also this year, Sullivan County school board Chairman Michael Hughes attained Levels I and II, Matthew Spivey and Jane Thomas reached Level I and Vice Chairman Randall Jones reached Level IV.

The mission of the nonprofit TSBA is to assist school boards in effectively governing school districts. Through the years, the organization has helped school boards and their members reach their highest potential through association programs, meetings and services. The group also provides school board members with a collective voice on matters of legislation and public education. For more information about the TSBA, visit its website at: www.tsba.net.

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