Parents Respond to Atkins as Superintendent

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

February 8, 2006

After being named the new superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools, Rosa Atkins was a hot topic for many parents.

"I'm just trilled that we finally have somebody," said Ivey Johnson. Parent. " I'm on the PTO at our school and we've been talking about [Atkins arrival] and waiting anxiously to hear who made it and I'm just so excited. I flipped the TV and there she was."

Johnson joins thousands of parents today learning that Rosa Atkins is the new superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools.

"Well I just learned today from you and I'm glad the school board has finally chosen somebody," said John Thompson, parent.

Community Activist, Dr. Rick Turner, says this Atkins could be facing one of her most difficult tasks.

"She's going to have to clean house, said Turner. "She's going to have to really make a very good assessment of [those working with her and for her.] You know I'm hoping and praying she's successful," said Turner.

Parents are hoping for the same, success for incoming Superintendent Atkins and success for students.

"I'm just hoping that the school continues to provide an excellent education that it has provided," said Thompson.

Johnson also replied, "I'm looking forward to some [what she has instore] and a good school year with her in charge of things."

Incoming Superintendent Atkins is due to receive a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy in May of 2006 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


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