JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The first of four community meetings to capture public input on the Duval County school superintendent search attracted a small crowd in Mandarin.
Fewer than three dozen people attended the meeting held at Mandarin High School after more than 40,000 calls were placed by the district reminding parents of the meeting.
Those who attended voiced support for selecting someone with a strong background in education.
"An instructional leader is something we should be in looking for in a superintendent. We are not making cars, this is not a Ford factory," said middle school teacher Scott Sowell.
When asked about challenges the district faces, the small crowd told the school board academic achievement was number one followed by poverty.
The next community meeting will be held this Thursday, June 21st, at Fletcher High. Next week meetings will be held on Monday, June 25th, at Forrest High and on Tuesday, June 26th, at Raines High.
The consulting company handling the search plans to close the application process in the national search on July 23rd. The school board is scheduled to meet on August 15th to review the list and determine the finalists.
Current Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals is retiring in December.
First Coast News