Low Turnout for High Stakes Issue, MCSD Superintendent Search

  Considering the stakes, I was amazed at the minuscule turnout  for the forum at Rigdon Road Elementary. The session was held to get input on the qualifications desired in the new superintendent of the Muscogee County School District.  The business conducting the search, Brock, Clay, Calhoun & Rogers of Marietta, held forums at Rigdon Road Elementary and Double Churches Middle Schools and will combine the input with the results of a written survey of citizens.

MCSD superintendent search forum at Rigdon Road School

MCSD superintendent search forum at Rigdon Road School

  My old WTVM fellow worker and friend Greg Hudgison, who now does public relations work for Synovus,  had a couple of really good points to make, I thought. He said longevity is important. It takes a while for a superintendent to be truly effective. He said when the next superintendent is hired, the school board should not hire one that is close to retirement, pointing out that current Superintendent Phillips has only been in Columbus about five or six years and is now retiring. He said it takes longer than that to really get to know a community and become a part of it.

  Greg told the Ledger-Enquirer that he thought the low turnout was because people figure the new superintendent has already been selected and their input means nothing.

Greg Hudgison, Rigdon Road School

Greg Hudgison, Rigdon Road School

  Muscogee Republican Party Chair Josh McKoon, complaining that most questions are decided by a 5 to 4 vote of the board, said he would like for the next superintendent to work toward building a consensus, and not just build a bare winning majority of school board members that will do his will.

Josh McKoon, Muscogee County Republican Party Chair

Josh McKoon, Muscogee County Republican Party Chair

  Most people agreed that the superintendent should be a competent CEO because the school system is a huge enterprise, with more than 6,000 employees and 33,000 students. Some thought he should be an educator, but some thought that wasn’t necessary. I thnk it is, as did most people who expressed themselves.

  I pointed out that the next superintendent will definitely have to be a skilled, savvy politician because he will be dealing with a politicized school board. Greg said that while the new superintendent needs to be an educator, it is very important that he is leader, one that the school board will hire and let lead.

D. Glenn Brock, Education and Public Policy for Brock, Clay, Calhoun & Rogers

D. Glenn Brock, Education and Public Policy for Brock, Clay, Calhoun & Rogers

   Though I was disappointed with the turnout, the fourm moderator, D. Glenn Brock, said low turnouts are not unusual. The search firm he works with is being paid $25,000 for its services. SInce it will take a lot of work and time, you have to wonder how they can do it so cheaply. Brock says the firm doesn’t do it for the money, but as a public service because they consider education so important to any community. He makes his money as a school attorney. Nice to know we have people that give of themselves for the common good. That’s what I call a great example of true patriotism.

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