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Politics: Lorri Johnson announces run for Rutherford County School Board

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN – Lorri Johnson, an independent candidate, has announced her candidacy for the Rutherford County School Board, seat in Zone 3. As a member of the Murfreesboro community for more than 11 years, Johnson sees firsthand the successes and challenges facing our Rutherford County schools, including the aftereffects of the pandemic, school safety, teacher and staff recruitment and retention, wellness issues (including mental and physical health), and rapid population growth.

Johnson wants to work with other board members in formulating solutions to improve the standard of excellence for student success.

As a seasoned professional with more than 35 years of experience at a Fortune 50 insurance and financial services company, Johnson plans to leverage her extensive professional leadership experiences to create an atmosphere of unity focused on students’ social-emotional learning by balancing principal-director relationships. from schools, administrators, teachers, families and the community, while staying in step with State of Tennessee guidelines.

Johnson shared, “I have had the privilege of visiting with many principals, teachers and staff and I am here to tell you that GREAT things are happening in our schools. My reason for running for the Rutherford County School Board is to to honor God by using my gifts and talents to serve the students, parents, faculty, staff and community.”

Johnson attends school board meetings and has watched many archived online board sessions. She also spoke with former administrators, teachers and a former principal to gain context on past and current issues facing our schools. She listens to parents of students and notes their concerns.

Johnson is an active member of her church, where she has previously served on the development and leadership teams of women’s ministries and taught a Sunday School class for teens. Other notable volunteer experiences include serving as a board member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Inner City Atlanta), the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Augusta, and at the Murfreesboro City Schools Family Resource Center.

A native of Columbia, Missouri, Johnson attended Lincoln University on a basketball scholarship and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Marketing. Johnson is an avid sports fan and says, “Football season is the best time of the year.” She is the proud mother of Missy, a beautiful golden lab-chow mix.

Johnson believes in whole-child success for all students so they can thrive now and in the future. She understands that this requires the community to work together and in unity to improve our schools.

Johnson says she is committed to the Zone 3 community and hopes that by announcing her candidacy she will inspire others to come out and serve as well.

Submitted – Politics