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School board elections inch closer, two candidates face off for unexpired term

Brandon Paykamian • Nov 4, 2018 at 5:10 PM

On the night of Nov. 6, the Johnson City Board of Education election results will be announced, revealing which one of two candidates will receive a seat on the board. 

The ballot contains two races: one regular election for four full, four-year terms and a special election to fill the vacancy left by the midterm resignation of Stacie Torbett.

Because there are four candidates for four seats and there were no qualified write-in candidates, all will be elected. 

The candidates for four-year terms are incumbents Tom Hager and Kathy Hall and newcomers Michelle Treece and Robert Williams. But the main contest in this election is between Kenneth “Herb” Greenlee and Paula Treece, who are running to fill the seat vacated by Torbett and serve the remainder of her term until 2020. 

Both candidates said in an October Johnson City Press questionnaire that their experience working with children and closely with the school district qualifies them to take the vacated seat. Greenlee continues to work as the supervisor of the Carver Recreation Center, where he has also coached basketball. He currently works as a bus driver and has served as a security guard within Johnson City Schools, giving him insight into the issue of school safety. 

“I have worked with children most of my life,” he said in the questionnaire. “I feel I could be most helpful as a member of the school board.”

Paula Treece, on the other hand, said she has a “vested interest” to see the district succeed as a parent of students within the system. She has also served on PTA boards for about 14 years, as well as president of the Johnson City Council of PTAs for the last three years. 

“In that position, I have worked closely with our school board and staff throughout the city. I have also worked closely with the Tennessee PTA in advocating at the state level,” she pointed out. 

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