The Nashville Metro Council appointed a temporary school board member to replace the late board chair Anna Shepherd on July 21 at its regular meeting.
In a 25-14 vote, Berthena Nabaa-McKinney was appointed to take over the seat left vacant by Shepherd who died in overnight hours of June 9.
Shepherd was admitted to the hospital June 5 for prior medical issues preceding her death, according to officials. She was 68.
Prior to her death, Shepherd represented District 4 in the Donelson, Hermitage and Old Hickory areas since 2010 and was serving as school board chair for a second term.
According to Metro schools officials, Nabaa-McKinney was up against four other nominees who put their hats in the ring to replace Shepherd. The appointment is temporary with the seat on the November ballot. The person voted on by the public in November will served until 2022 to fulfill Shepherd’s remaining four-year term.
Nabaa-McKinney is a former Metro Nashville schools educator. The vote was narrowed down between her and Stephanie Bradford, and Nabaa-McKinney received the final nod after three rounds of voting.
Those vying for the appointment in addition to Bradford and Nabaa-McKinney were Steven Chauncy, Erick Huth and John Little.
Nabaa-McKinney is the former principal of Nashville International Academy and an educational consultant. She has served in several roles in Metro Nashville schools. She was appointed to the Metro Action Commission in 2019.