DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) There is a new superintendent in town. Dr. Phyllis Edwards will take the lead for Dothan City Schools later this month, but tonight, she met with the community.
The line stretched out the door, with more than 200 people eager to meet Dr. Edwards.
She fills the vacancy Chuck Ledbetter last year. Some faculty members are optimistic the change.
Dionne Blair, the Principal of Selma Street Elementary says "Every principal wants a leader, a superintendent who shares their vision, wants a superintendent who is willing to support the efforts going on at their school."
Though there is work to be done, Dothan City Schools Chairman Mike Schmitz is confident Edwards is the right person for the job.
He said "We have two of the top 10 schools in the state, but we have some schools struggling, So what we gotta figure out is how we put our arms around these kids, and help them succeed. And she's done that before, I believe she can do that here."
Dr Edwards starts her job as superintendent on February 26th. and one of the biggest issues she plans on tackling is the school report cards.
Edwards says "I think sometimes they don't paint the whole picture of what goes on in the schools. Most people will grade their own schools very very favorable because they have direct contact with the schools."
It's not just Edwards who wants to bring change to the school district, but the students want to see her more on campus.
Aymen Kamal, a student of Northview High School says "I would like her to come to the classes, and actually meet the students, and promote change throughout the Dothan City School System."
Dr Edwards was the Superintendent of the Decatur City Schools in Georgia for 12 years.