The Superintendent Study Council is organized into Area Study Councils for meeting purposes. The areas represented include First TN (Northeast), East, Southeast, South Central, Upper Cumberland, Mid-Cumberland, Southwest, and Northwest. The Executive Committee is composed of a representative from each Area Council, the Chair, the Past-Chair, the Commissioner of Education, the Executive Director of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS), and a Higher Education Advisor. Serving as Chair puts Starnes at the head of the table as an advocate for education in Tennessee.
Starnes was elected to serve as the First TN area representative on the Executive Committee in 2015 and served as Vice Chair during the 2019-20 school year. Membership in the study council is open to all superintendents and directors of Tennessee schools.
“It’s not a surprise that Mr. Starnes has been recognized for his knowledge and professional experience in the field of education by being elected to this position on the council. His insightfulness and advocacy for students and their families, staff, and the community will be contributing assets in this role. We congratulate him on being elected Chair,” says Greeneville City Schools Board of Education Chair, Cindy Luttrell.