Longview ISD residents voiced they were looking for a superintendent with an open door policy, a focus on discipline and standards, and the courage to make changes, if needed, to make the district more successful.
“I am looking for a superintendent that will be for the children and bring discipline back in the classroom,” said former teacher James McLemore, who added that he saw a lack of punishment for wrongdoing during his tenure.
Branden Johnson, president of the Longview chapter of the NAACP, presented a list of concerns, including an increased focus on mentoring.
Gary “G.” Floyd, a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Longview City Council and a regular voice at Longview ISD school board meetings, presented five characteristics he looked for in a new leader. That list included being willing to meet a goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate within the first three years because of a focus on academics.