Our Board

School Board

Please Note: The next board meeting will be Tuesday June 25, 2024!

2022-2023 Richard Hardy Special School District Board of Education
Fred Newcom- Chairman - fnewcom@richardhardy.org 

Jennifer Olton- Secretary - jolton@richardhardy.org

Jacque Howard - Board Member - jhoward@richardhardy.org

Rhikisha Whisnant - Board Member - rwhisnant@richard


School board members receive no pay for their work. The board represents service to their community by taking an interest in children and preparing them for the future. These members serve countless hours preparing for meetings, reviewing policies, attending training, holding work sessions, and conducting public meetings to better the school. The board meets monthly to review and discuss matters pertaining to Richard Hardy Memorial School.

According to the Tennessee School Boards Association, the local board of education is a policy-making body and the individual members are considered officials of the state. A member's primary duty is to provide the opportunity for the best and most appropriate education for all children in the district. A board member has authority of expressing an opinion and casting a vote during a board meeting. Outside the board meeting, a board member has no authority over school matters. The school board creates policy and the school superintendent carries out the policy.

Our online policy manual may be reviewed at: https://tsba.net/richard-city-board-of-education-policy-manual/. Please click link for policy details.