Huntsville, Alabama (WHNT) — The Huntsville City Board of Education has narrowed its search for a new leader to three candidates. Each of them was given the opportunity to tell the board what they could bring as the next Superintendent.
Although the candidates had their own unique approaches to how they taught, what they had in common was the need for transparency between school leaders and the community.
Each candidate discussed steps they would take to address the academic achievement gaps Huntsville schools are experiencing in part due to the pandemic’s loss of learning.
Bren Elliott was the first to be interviewed. The North Carolina native told the board about the need for transparency between school leaders and the community.
Elliot says the top priority for superintendents is to provide students with the best possible education.
“The principal duty of the superintendent is to ensure that all students in the district receive a quality education and that the hopes and dreams of those students and their families are realized.” future,” Elliott said.
Clarence Sutton Jr., now interim Superintendent of Huntsville City Schools, spoke of the importance of preparing students for careers from early elementary school.
The state faces a shortage of teachers, but Sutton said he recognizes that by insisting that teachers may stay in Huntsville, it creates a happy environment where teachers can thrive.
“Our students’ number one resource is qualified and committed teachers. Our job is to maintain, hire and provide the support they need to stay in Huntsville schools,” said Sutton. he told News19.
As for the finalists, Jermaine Dawson told the board about the importance of being able to serve as a leader. Dawson emphasized the importance of getting to know both teachers and students on a personal level.
But as a candidate for new leadership of Huntsville City Schools, safety will be a top priority, he said.
“From building safety bubbles in schools to ensuring strong safety plans are threat-assessed, it’s the superintendent’s greatest responsibility to ensure safety, and there are many ways to do that,” Dawson said. said.
The Huntsville City Board of Education will conduct a final evaluation and will vote on the next superintendent at its meeting on Tuesday, June 13. The Board has a form available on its website and welcomes public feedback on candidates.
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