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August 3, 2016
LOONEY, SNOWDEN TO GIVE ‘STATE OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ ADDRESS AT WILLIAMSON, INC. MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON
Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District Superintendents to highlight latest achievements and developments in academics, athletics and the arts
FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Williamson County Schools (WCS) Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney and Franklin Special School District (FSSD) Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden will give the State of the Public Schools address during Williamson, Inc.’s Aug.16 membership luncheon at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd. East. Leading two of the state’s top-performing school systems, Looney and Snowden are expected to recap the year’s milestones and achievements in academics, athletics and the arts and preview the upcoming 2016-17 school year. The meeting is presented by Williamson Medical Center, and registration is open to members and guests at www.williamsonchamber.com.
Looney has served as superintendent of Williamson County Schools since December of 2009. During his tenure in Williamson County Schools, the district has excelled to unprecedented levels of success, and while being a steward of tax-payer dollars, Looney has steered the district during unprecedented growth. WCS students boast a record composite average ACT score of 23.8 in 2015 while this year’s graduating seniors were offered more than $145 million in college scholarships. He has led the opening of eight new schools, renovations of many facilities, opening and approval of performing art centers at all middle and high schools, and initiating and expanding Bring Your Own Technology across the district for the past seven years.
Prior to joining WCS, Looney was superintendent of the Butler County School District. He also served as assistant superintendent for Montgomery Public Schools and Calhoun County Schools, all in Alabama. His experiences include being a school principal, assistant principal and classroom teacher. In 2015, Looney was named the Tennessee Superintendent of the year by the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS).
Snowden is serving in his 16th year as the director of schools for Franklin Special School District, whose Board of Education was named in November 2015 the School Board of the Year by the Tennessee School Board Association. FSSD has an approximate enrollment of 3,700 students, eight schools, 700 employees and a total general purpose budget of approximately $45.7 million dollars. He served as superintendent of the Pascagoula School District in Mississippi prior to accepting the position as director of schools for the Franklin Special School District in July of 2001.
Snowden is a member of the Franklin Noon Rotary and board member of the United Way of Williamson County (Emeritus) and the Boys and Girls Club. In addition, Snowden is a graduate of Leadership Franklin and treasurer for the Steering Committee of Youth Leadership Franklin.
The luncheon begins with networking at 11 a.m. followed by lunch and the presentation at 11:30 a.m. Register online by noon on Friday, Aug. 12 to receive a list of registered attendees. Tickets are $35 for Chamber members and $55 for non-members.
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Contact: Charlane Oliver, Director of Communication