Patterson Fields Questions from the Public
WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
JACKSON, Tenn.- A second finalist faced the community and the school board as he attempted to convince them that he should lead the 12,000 students and the 2,000 employees of the Jackson-Madison County School District.
Tuesday afternoon, Terence Patterson fielded questions directly from parents, teachers and community members in his second interview with the district.
The current education program officer for the Hyde Foundation in Memphis told those who gathered at City Hall that if he is hired, he will work to strengthen the community partnerships by personally going out into the city to meet individuals and learn first-hand about the issues facing the district.
He also said he would work to close communications gaps within the district.
Community members in attendance tell us, they want to be here because this is such an important position.
"This person directly affects out schools, directly affects how our students are going to learn because they're working with our principals, our teachers, setting policies and so forth," said Teresa Tritt, who attended Tuesday's interview.
"They can expect high standards, very aggressive goals and an administration that is really focused on how can we close the achievement gap and how can we continue to raise academic standards for the children in this district," said Terence Patterson, a candidate for JMC school superintendent.
Wednesday, the third and final candidate, Alan Coverstone of Nashville will interview. The public can take part in his presentation and question session, which begins at 4 p.m. at City Hall.
The school board will hold its regularly monthly meeting on Thursday. The board has not said when it could announce its decision.