Parents and community with plenty of questions about Daleville superintendent position

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Apr. 17, 2019 at 10:49 PM CDT
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There was tension in the air at Wednesday night's Daleville City School Board meeting. Concerned parents and community members were there anxious to hear what the school board was going to say.

While there were several things on the agenda, most parents were interested in something that wasn't on there.

Most of the parents WTVY talked to wanted to know about the board's decision not renew the superintendent, and what's coming next for the position.

They may have to wait and see.

"She's doing her job, so what would be the reason for not having her there," said Daleville High Graduate Frank Sanders.

Frank Sanders graduated from Daleville High School in 1998.

At the time, Dr. Diane Flournoy was his guidance counselor, and Sanders says he has fond memories of her, which is why he was concerned when he found out the school board decided not to renew her contract, which expires in June.

"If you're going to do that, and we have the community here, the community wants to know,” said Sanders. “Not just sit there and keep it to yourselves."

The board didn't discuss Flournoy's contract or filling the superintendent position at all during the meeting,

That wasn't going to stop some members of the community from trying to bring it up.

"I tried to get on, but no one was answering the phone," said one community member during the meeting.

WTVY reached out to the superintendent and the school board chairman after the meeting, but neither wanted to comment.

Windham Elementary dropped from a "C" down to an "F" on last year's state report card, while Daleville High held at a "C".

"We need to elect them, instead of them being appointed,” said Sanders. “I think that'll stop a lot of things. This way, no one is complaining about a buddy system, 'I know you. I know your parents.' You get rid of all of that."

Flournoy took over as interim superintendent back in 2016, then signed a two year contract that will run out on June 30th.

The Daleville School Board meets on the third Wednesday of every month.

Its next meeting is scheduled for May 15th at 4:30 p.m., but it’s unclear if the superintendent vacancy will be on the agenda.

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