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Delay Continues In Search For Next Metro Schools Superintendent

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Posted at 9:27 PM, Aug 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:44:21-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Frustrations are mounting over the continued delay to find Metro Nashville Public School’s next superintendent.

Tuesday night the school board met for the first time since school started.

The frustration has reached such a high level that some are calling for school board members to resign.

“Every pearl student who is told you can be anything you want to be, we now need to add except MNPS Director of Schools. What we do know is that request that previously fell on deaf ears are conveniently being used to open doors to speculation, conspiracy theories, unanswered questions and all this laid the foundation for our community to lose confidence in our school district administration,” said community advocate Erica Lanier.

Lanier went on to say board members who continue on the current path may deserve ousting.

Anger is felt by many who say the process to pick the next superintendent was mishandled since Dr. Mike Looney turned the district's job offer down.

Some want Dr. Angela Huff who appeared to be the board's second choice for the position.

Board members say they did not have a back-up plan when Looney said no and need to start the process over.

“I felt like it was pretty clear on where we all were, that we were singling in on him and why we weren’t on the other two. So when you have that, it is very hard to go back in a weeks time and say we've change our mind and maybe they do have those qualifications,” said school board member Mary Pierce.

Many board members think Huff lacked the experience and a specific plan to turn troubled schools around.

The school board voted Tuesday night by a vote of 7 to 1 to push any decisions about their next move to the board retreat sometime in September. Tyese Hunter was the only dissenting vote.