Parents Sound Off on Unified Schools Superintendent Search

Parents Sound Off on Unified Schools Superintendent Search

People have been getting their chance to tell the experts what kind of school superintendent they want for the new unified system, with public meetings scheduled all day Thursday. The question is whether their suggestions will be seriously.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - People have been getting their chance to tell the experts what kind of school superintendent they want for the new unified system, with public meetings scheduled all day Thursday. The question is whether their suggestions will be seriously.

Things didn't look too good at first. As of 11 a.m. when the first forum was supposed to start, only one parent was in the room. Evon Steverson-Wilson has four children in the school system, and she has a lot to say about school superintendents.

"I've been disappointed because its like you go way out and you find these people. You bring them in, you pay them this enormous salary, but they don't do anything for the kids or their education."

They are the words of a parent who cares, who's tired of sending her children to a failing school system. That's why she was there.

Around 20 other people eventually showed up to the first meeting.

The ProACT consultants hired to assist in the search wouldn't talk with us, saying the only comments would come from their home office in Chicago. Since it's ridiculous to have to call Chicago to find out what is going on in Memphis, we didn't do that. We listened to people who are worried about what will happen when the city and county systems merge.

"I think everyone's biggest concern is the financial crisis that we're feeling," said Anne Walton-Garrison.

Evon Steverson-Wilson sat and listened, she said a few things, and she's not asking for much.

"Someone in this area, who knows what's been going on, who's aware of what's been going on and who cares."

The search has to be over with a new superintendent in place by June.

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