Lisa Ventura named MCPS superintendent

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Dr. Lisa Ventura will now serve as the Maury County Public Schools next superintendent after taking on the role of interim in March.

The Maury County Board of Education and Maury County Public Schools announced the appointment of Lisa Ventura as Interim Superintendent of Maury County Public Schools, effective March 2, 2022. Mrs. Ventura filled the position of outgoing Superintendent Michael Hickman.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the board members were seceded to review their top candidate for the position and choose who would be invited to meet with the board for formal in-person interviews.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Ventura told the board following the board’s unanimous vote.

Board Chair Michael Fulbright said that that vote marks the first time in a long time that the board could all agree on a decision.

To appoint Ventura to the position, the board will have to diverge from its policy which states that an acting interim superintendent cannot apply for the open position.

The board and Ventura will negotiate the details of her contract during a special called meeting on May 18.

Mrs. Ventura began her career in education as a high school biology and chemistry teacher. Mrs. Ventura then moved to Alternative Learning Programs and taught multiple subjects to students remanded to an Alternative Learning Center for Zero Tolerance Offenses. This experience caught the eye of the district’s Special Education Supervisor, who recruited Ventura to work in the Severe Behavior Intervention Classroom. Ventura went back to school and obtained a Special Education Endorsement, helping teach students with disabilities, and then moved into an itinerant Behavior Facilitator Role.

In 2005 Ventura worked for the TN Department of Education as a consultant in the Division of Special Education and a Fiscal Management consultant. Ventura then served as the Special Education and Federal Programs Supervisor in Marshall County.

Ventura more recently became the Director of Special Education at Maury County Public Schools in 2012 and is currently the Director of Special Populations with English Learners & Students with Disabilities for Maury County Schools.

Ventura, who accepted the board’s proposal, told The Daily Herald she was unaware that the board would ask her to take the job before Tuesday night’s meeting.

“I cannot say enough about how much hard work and effort is put in every single day,” Ventura said following the meeting. “I promise I am going to double that. I have been working hard for eight weeks. I have been working hard for nine years in this district, but we are going to double that energy because we have 13,000 kids depending on us.”

Following the vote to appoint Mrs. Ventura, Maury County Board of Education Chairman Michael Fulbright stated –

“I am excited to have Mrs. Ventura on board during this time. I look forward to her leadership and knowledge to support this interim role.”

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