September 26, 2005
The Charlottesville City School System has been looking for a replacement since April when they fired Dr. Scottie Griffin just 8 months into her tenure. Now tonight the community got to voice their idea of the right fit for the system.
The 25 people in attendence asked for many things from their future Superintendent. Creativity, forward thinking, and personality were a few of the requests. Most of all, they want someone to guide the system and their children to higher levels.
"My big thing is communication," said Sean O'Brien.
"Bring a diverse, wonderful community together and be a strong leader," said Lynette Meynig.
Several came, all with an opinion of the perfect candidate. The public forum was the first of three offered by Hazard, Young, and Attea, the search firm leading Charlottesville towards its next Superintendent.
"This allows us to get a good flavor for what the characteristics ought to be for a Superintendent," said Dr. Marvin Edwards of Hazard, Young, and Attea.
The more than 25 parents, faculty and staff talked about qualities and the concerns facing the next Superintendent. One concern, the achievement gap especially for minority students.
"Well I think one of the qualities certainly would be that the Superintendent would be interested in bridging the gap between the races," said Uriah J. Fields.
The small atmosphere provided an open forum for comment. However, some worried that this sampling did not reflect the entire community.
"I was a little disappointed by the small size of the audience, considering the amount of people that were really engaged in this process of talking about the Superintendent and the issues last year," O'Brien said.
Even with the relatively small numbers, Doctor Edward's said all of the information will help narrow the search.
"Every search is custom. Part of the customization is knowing what the customer wants," he said.
If you would like your input heard, you can complete a written survey at
Hazard, Young, and Attea will be back on October 20th to present the board with a candidate profile.