November 11, 2021
By JAMES EVANS
Rutherford County Schools
Tim Holden has been appointed by the Rutherford County Commission to serve as the Zone 3 representative on the School Board.
Former board member Lisa Moore resigned from the position effective Oct. 30, and her original term was through August 2024. Holden will serve at least until the August 2022 election, when the seat will be on the ballot for someone to complete the remainder of the term.
“I’ve always had somewhat of a desire to do it,” Holden said of the reason he sought for the appointment, noting he previously ran for school board several years ago. “We did a lot with Buchanan Elementary when our daughter was there. Rutherford County Schools does such a great job, and also CTE is very dear to my heart.”
CTE stands for Career and Technical Education. Rutherford County Schools is a leader among CTE in Tennessee and beyond. The school district offers career pathways and certifications in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, health care, construction, supply chain, aviation and information technology — just to name a few.
Holden has previously served as a member of the school district’s policy committee and on a CTE advisory committee.
“CTE allows kids that could fall through the cracks to have a marketable skill,” Holden said, adding, “It has a stigma to it that we need to overcome. I know guys making $50,000 to $60,000 running a CNC machine now with literally no debt out of college.”
In his professional life, Holden has an extensive background in electrical, mechanical and manufacturing. He would like to see the school district to continue and expand its partnerships with local industry partners.
As for his position on the school board, Holden wants to work with other board members to find common ground for the benefit of students.
“I think we need to focus on working together real well, working with the County Commission and getting our budgets where everybody agrees on — well, everything that we can agree on — and then working the other (issues) out.” Holden said. “It’s an opportunity to serve the citizens of Rutherford County. I know it’s an elected position, but to me it’s more of a public service opportunity.”