Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Longview NAACP and others provide input on New Superintendent for Longview ISD

A meeting to discuss the superintendent search for Longview ISD was held recently and included two public input sessions scheduled for administration and members of the school board to hear community suggestions as applications for the role of superintendent continue to be submitted through the end of the month of March.

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.

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