Former employees of the Mobile County Public School District, parents, and even a group of students took the podium Monday night. Each expressed what changes they want to see when a new superintendent steps up to the plate and some changes they want to see sooner than that.
One parent commented at the podium, “How did we get to the point of not having enough teachers?”
That’s one of several questions parents at Monday night’s meeting posed toward the three superintendent candidates. Mobile County Public Schools hosted a public forum to get feedback following a full day of interviews. Another big topic was standardized testing.
One man said, “Your elementary school teachers right now are laboring under a burden of assessments which don’t align with the curriculum.”
Kina Andrews is a parent in the Mobile County Public School District. She says she made sure she could be there Monday. Andrews says, “I took a day off of work to really listen to the candidates, listen to how they were being interviewed, and make some comments regarding my concerns.” She says some of her main concerns also involve standardized testing. She says, “I’m no educational expert, but I do have a fourth grader who took a 20-page reading EQT last week.”
Students also came out to the forum. They wanted answers to problems they see every day. High school student Tyler Spencer says, “I personally was placed in a southern fiction class for two weeks. I missed out on two weeks of Algebra Two/Trig. It’s already hard on its own to be in Algebra Two / Trig., but to catch up on two weeks worth? Come on.”
The board meets at one o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday and that’s when they’ll decide on who the superintendent will be.
Current superintendent Martha Peek will retire at the end of June and the new superintendent will take office on July second.