Revamped City School Board Ready to Start Over

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

After school board members bought former school Supt. Dr. Leon Hobbs out of his contract in mid-July amid settlement controversy, and an investigation being called by incoming chair doctor stokes on the school systems financial reports, policies and past operations, it seems that insiders within the school system would have lost faith.

But stokes says no way, he and the three other incoming or recurring board members, Gayla White, Brenda Guilford, and Hayes McCay have put that behind them, and have other challenges ahead, the biggest he says, "Is convincing the teachers, the administrators, and the principals, and the parents that we need to work together.”

Stokes says he's not finger pointing, but the way teachers and staff were managed in the past, won't be how they will be managed now.

"I think in the past there's been some friction there were some board members that wanted to micro manage that wanted to look over teachers and principals shoulders and tell them how to do their job and I think that's a mistake, when you do that you cause unnecessary problems"

But what shouldn't cause a problem he says, is his profession as a cancer radiologist, he has had experience serving on the commission for two terms.

"I want the system to be better to do better, I think we can."

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