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Nash-Rocky Mount school leaders seek input on new superintendent

Posted October 26, 2015

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— Nash-Rocky Mount school leaders are asking for the community’s input on who should replace former superintendent Anthony Jackson.

Jackson resigned from his position in June during a lengthy closed door meeting with school board members. His comments, following the board’s 6-5 vote accepting his resignation, suggested that he was forced out of his job.

Over the summer, a public hearing over Jackson’s dismissal sparked heated debate. Some passionately defended Jackson, suggesting that arguments against him were racially motivated, while others said he should go based on his performance.

Monday night, school leaders wanted to hear about the characteristics that the community wants in a new school leader. Residents said that the new superintendent should have leadership experience, be a good listener, and have the ability to heal the community.

A lot is riding on the next leader of the Nash-Rocky Mount School System, and parents want the new superintendent to increase student test scores.

"We really are depending on you all to make that decision," said resident Monica Gilmore to the school board. "Right now, our community is struggling with division."

Rocky Mount NAACP member Andre Knight said that there are rumors that some board members already have a new superintendent in mind.

"Are we wasting our time," questioned Knight. "We want a superintendent that is fair to this community and to our students."

Retired teacher Mike Paige said that in order for the new superintendent to be fair, he or she will need to be a good communicator.

"Making sure you are not only understood, but that you are not misunderstood," said Paige.

While school board members digested what the public had to say, the agenda indicated that they would not be responding to any comments Monday night.

Another round of candidate interviews is scheduled to take place next month.

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  • Ronnie Peacock Oct 27, 2015
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    Typical Andre Knight: "Andre Knight said that there are rumors that some board members already have a new superintendent in mind." If there are rumors, he probably started them. This guy is this biggest racist east of Raleigh. He has no interest in what's best for the community, only in making sure Rocky Mount becomes Soul City. He's 3/4 of the way there.