MNPS Director Candidate Answers Questions At Public Forum

Posted at 10:00 PM, Jul 13, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Parents and community members now know a little more about one of the three finalists who could be the next director of Metro Schools.

A public forum Monday night allowed people to ask Dr. Angela Huff questions about her vision for the district. About one hundred people filled the auditorium at McGavock High School. Questions ranged how to attract and retain teachers, to how to turnaround low performing schools.

Dr. Huff is currently the Chief of Staff of Cobb County Schools in Georgia. However, she lived in Nashville as a child, and is a product of Metro Schools.

“I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to come back to a place that gave so much to me, help get prepared for jobs I’ve had,” said Dr. Huff.

Dr. Huff answered questions for about an hour and a half. Several times she mentioned the importance of teamwork and communication throughout the district. She said building relationships with people across the district would be a priority.

“We can’t achieve success if we aren’t working together.” said Dr. Huff. “I think if I’m chosen for this position, the more we can do together, the more success we’ll see as a school district.

There will be two more opportunities to meet the remaining finalists for the Director of Schools job. Dr. Mike Looney, Director of Williamson County Schools, will be at a public forum at Pearl Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School on Tuesday and Dr. Barry Shepherd, a retired superintendent from North Carolina, will be at a forum at Glencliff High School on Wednesday. All of the public forums begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 7:30 p.m.

After the public forums are complete, Metro School Board members will select their top candidate Thursday. They hope to vote on the selection at the board meeting scheduled for July 23.

Dr. Jesse Register retired as Director of Schools last month.