Incoming Superintendent Meets With Parents

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

April 18, 2006

It's been several months since Rosa Atkins was chosen as the next Charlottesville Superintendent. But Tuesday night she got a chance to hear directly from parents.

Atkins isn't on the job officially until July, but Walker Elementary played host to an open forum where parents and even some students got to chat with the incoming superintendent.

Some parents voiced concerns over issues they have about the City's school system, while others told Atkins what they feel is working.

One of her biggest goals, she said, is to provide each student with individual attention. Atkins also said parental concerns won't be ignored once she's on the job.

"Even though what we're saying may be true, it comes across to the parent as if we've completely closed the door to what their concerns are, and we've closed the door to listening to them," said Atkins.

Once officially on the job, she says she and the district will be looking at a number of issues, including how it can attract and retain well-qualified teachers.

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