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Resolution RS2019-125

A Resolution honoring the life of Carlisle Beasley, Jr.

WHEREAS, Carlisle Beasley, Jr., a retired career employee of the Metro Nashville Public Schools Transportation Department, served 33 years as Director of Pupil Transportation; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Beasley passed away on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019, at the age of 83; and


WHEREAS, his relentless focus on transportation safety for Nashville’s public school students resulted in national prominence within the Pupil Transportation Industry, and an incomparable perfect safety record of more than 600 million daily school bus rides for Nashville students without a single fatality or serious injury; and

WHEREAS, his successful execution of the transportation component of the 1971 court-ordered desegregation plan enabled Metro Nashville Public Schools to become nationally recognized as a model for successful pupil integration; and


WHEREAS, throughout the transition stages of the desegregation plan, Mr. Beasley routinely broke down barriers by meeting arriving school buses in areas of stiff resistance, regularly escorting anxious children to the comfort of awaiting teachers and principals and intervening on their behalf in threatening situations; and

WHEREAS, his successful safety record and selfless leadership style not only translated into national recognition for the Metro Nashville Public School District, but also translated into acknowledgement from his peers, with national honors including:


• Co-founder and President of the National Association of Pupil Transportation

• National Safety Council Board Member and Chairman of its School Transportation Committee

• The Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given from both the National Safety Council and the National Association of Pupil Transportation, and

• School Bus Magazine’s “Man of the Year”; and

WHEREAS, in July 2019, the Metro Nashville Public School’s Board of Education named the Transportation Building “The Carlisle Beasley, Jr Building” in recognition of his contributions to Metro Public Schools; and


WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council honor the memory of Mr. Beasley for his exemplary service to the students and parents of the Metropolitan Nashville Public School District and the City of Nashville.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as honoring the life of Carlisle Beasley, Jr.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Tonya Hancock, Jeff Syracuse, Ginny Welsch, Bob Nash, Joy Styles, Colby Sledge, Zachary Young, Brett Withers, Courtney Johnston, Larry Hagar, Gloria Hausser, Zulfat Suara

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Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedDecember 3, 2019

AdoptedDecember 3, 2019

ApprovedDecember 9, 2019

By:Mayor Cooper's signature

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