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Ruffin Answers Questions in Interview for Supt.

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- It was a working dinner, Monday night for Jackson-Madison County School's superintendent finalist, Verna Ruffin.

Monday afternoon, the current assistant superintendent of curriculum in the Tulsa, Oklahoma school district took questions from parents and community members who gathered at Jackson City Hall for a public meeting.

Many parents focused their questions on the district's literacy scores and asked Ruffin how she would improve them.

The doctoral candidate told close to two dozen who attended that she would make that a top priority if hired and is not afraid to make tough decisions. It is a quality many in the audience said they are looking for.

"I want someone who will take a stance on discipline, that's a issue in our schools and also look at test scores and why our children are not truly learning," said Katie Pace, a parent of JMC students. "I want them to learn and be successful as they continue their education in public schools."

"I see the potential for academic achievement. for growth. For pulling a community together, for bringing groups of people together to be able to formulate a plan that is going to be really effective for all of the children in the district," said Verna Ruffin, a superintendent candidate.

The same schedule of public meetings that begins at 4 p.m., followed by dinner and board interview will be repeated Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dr Terrance Patterson of Memphis will be interviewed, Tuesday. Alan Coverstone of Nashville will interview on Wednesday.

The board has not indicated when they could make a decision, but are scheduled to hold their monthly meeting for January on Thursday.