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White urges public to get involved

Superintendent interviews set for next week


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The Escambia County Board of Education is in the process of hiring a new superintendent. Current superintendent John Knott retires August 31.
The board contracted with the Alabama Association of School Boards to assist in the search, and AASB has submitted six candidates’ names and credentials for consideration (The search for a new superintendent https://atmorenews.com/2021/07/21/the-search-for-a-new-superintendent/).
Interviews with the candidates have been scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, July 26 and 27, and Thursday, July 29, 6 p.m. each evening, at Flomaton High School.
Board member Loumeek White, District 5, is making a personal appeal to the public to attend, be informed, and petition their district’s school board members on the best candidate for the job.
“I want to personally invite everyone to the upcoming Escambia County Superintendent interviews,” White wrote in a press release. “All of our communities have a real chance to help create a premier school system for our kids. We have the opportunity to reap the benefits of having an attractive school system with talented teachers, rigorous academics, advanced TECH, and competitive sports programs that can catapult our children to the next level. We can do this if we have the right leadership.
“From our hometowns, we have the potential to produce 21st century artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and premier athletes, just to name a few. We must work together to make this a reality for our kids. If other communities can do it, we can, too.
“I want to encourage everyone to diligently participate. Your participation in this process is critical for the future of our children. If you cannot attend each presentation, send family members, friends, and other members of the community. Take notes and share your thoughts and opinions online and contact your district’s school board members. Let them know what you think and which candidate you support. Your opinion is invaluable. I personally want to hear from you. Your elected leaders need your input and prayers to help guide them to make the right decisions on behalf of everyone.
“Meet me next week at Flomaton High School and come see for yourselves the candidates who obviously have the credentials, the diverse backgrounds, the exposure to high quality education, and the business acumen to transform our school system. More importantly, come see for yourselves the results of the interviews and who is chosen to become the next superintendent. This way, you can hold each member of your school board accountable.
“Thank you in advance for your participation and I look forward to seeing you all at the Escambia County superintendent interviews on July 26th, 27th, and 29th at Flomaton High School at 6 p.m.”