Loudon County Board of Education member Brian Brown plans to step down at the end of the year.

Brown, who represents the fifth district, told the board Thursday he was resigning effective Dec. 31 following the recent acquisition of property in the first district.

Although he’s happy his family found a new home, he’s sad to give up the position serving Loudon County Schools.

“I love serving and I love serving on this board,” Brown said. “I think we’ve done a lot of good things in my tenure. We’ve got a lot of good achievements. With my absence I know the board is still in good hands. There’s a lot of good promising things that’s going to be happening in the future and I’ll continue to support as much as I can.

“... We’ve closed on the property but we’ve given the other sellers temporary occupancy until they can find suitable housing,” he added. “What I told (Loudon County Commission) chairman (Henry) Cullen and Mike (Garren, Loudon County director of schools) and the rest of the board members, I sent them an email today, was that I’d serve until the end of the year and commission could appoint starting in January.”

Brown was first elected in 2016. He started his second term in September 2020.

“Brian’s done a wonderful job and he’s been a great asset to our board,” Mike Garren, Loudon County director of schools, said. “His skillset and knowledge on not only buildings but education in general has been a valuable asset for us. He will be missed and he was a great board member for us. I’m excited that he’s got a new home that he’s happy with, but we are sad he will be moving.”

Kenny Ridings, board member, said Brown’s experience as county maintenance director will leave a void.

“Of course, he works for maintenance and a lot of the stuff he works on is the schools so he already knows what we need and everything else,” Ridings said. “... I think he’s been an asset and now we just have to go through the process. I don’t know what that’s going to consist of.”

Susan Harrison, county elections administrator, said Loudon County Commission must appoint a replacement.

“They have 120 days from the date of vacancy,” Harrison said in an email correspondence. “... The seat will be placed on the August ballot once it has been declared vacant.”

County commission began discussions on replacing Brown. For complete coverage, see page A1 in today’s edition.

In other news, Loudon County Board of Education:

• Approved nonpaid coaches Jim Moran for Greenback School elementary boys basketball and Mardessa Hampton for Loudon High School assistant girls basketball, along with paid coach Donavin Blankenship for Philadelphia Elementary School assistant boys basketball.

• Approved amendments to Funds 141, 142 and 143.

• Authorized the Early Literacy Network Grant, Tennessee All Corps Grant and ELC Grant.

• Agreed to lower the amount of days four custodians work from 260 days to 240 days.

• Approved Cope Architecture contracts to look into possible sites for a new school in the north portion of the county and an addition to Philadelphia Elementary School.