Tuesday, April 23, 2013

CP: Jeremy Kane on Leaving LEAD and That Mayoral Chatter

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 8:34 AM

For this week's issue of The City Paper, I fired off a few questions to outgoing LEAD Public Schools CEO Jeremy Kane, who will be leaving his post at Nashville's largest charter school system in July.

He will stay on, however, as a "strategic adviser" for the next year. And some are wondering whether he'll aim his ambition at the Metro Courthouse next.

A piece of the Q&A, from the CP, after the jump:

You’re stepping down from your post as CEO, but staying on for the next year as a “strategic adviser.” Can you describe what that role will look like?

Next year LEAD will have more than 1,300 students, almost 200 full- and part-time staff, and manage five schools. I take that responsibility to our students, families and staff seriously and wanted to do this transition logically, give ourselves enough time to do it right, and to show that public charters can get better even after a founder moves on.

With any transition, the real work takes time. Studying other transitions, we saw that those that worked best took more than a year to complete. I decided to step down as CEO this July because I never wanted to take even a second away from our kids, their families, or our staff to fully explore what’s next to me. I never wanted to say to a family or student that I didn’t have time for them because I was looking at what’s next for me.

I will still be employed by LEAD through June 2014 and will work for Chris and the board to continue our commitment to our mission of doing whatever it takes to send 100 percent of our students to a four-year college/university. My main duties for the next year will be supporting Chris and the transition, providing strategic advice to our board and administrative team, and organizing and leading our efforts to graduate our first class of seniors in 2014.


There has been fairly open speculation that you are a potential 2015 mayoral candidate. Are you considering a run?

I’m honored so many people would consider me for that role. I take it to mean that I’ve done something meaningful for the kids and families of Nashville. I think it also says that people respect the way I’ve built partnerships with MNPS at Cameron and Brick Church as well as with other civic, business and nonprofit organizations through our Clinton Global Initiative, Nashville Commits.

Service is in my DNA, and my wife, Tracy, and I are excited about taking the time to explore how else I can serve our families and our city for years to come. We’re committed to Nashville as our home where we want to raise our daughter, Wells, and continue to live and serve.

By the way, Kane says he had nothing to do with that mystery poll on the 2015 mayoral race.

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