By Sylvia Maria Gross
Kansas City, MO – A fifth candidate has joined the pool of finalists for Kansas City Missouri superintendent. Community members met and interviewed all five at a public forum at Paseo Academy last night. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.
The new candidate Anthony Amato was most recently Superintendent of New Orleans public schools. He's also run the Hartford Public School district in Connecticut and was a district superintentendent in New York City. At Paseo Academy, a couple hundred parents, teachers and other community members gathered in clusters around the 5 candidates. Edith Hainey-Galvin came to make up her own mind on the school district's leadership and applauded the school board's inclusion of the public.
TAPE: HAINEY-GALVIN: This is the best move they have ever made since they have had a board - they should have included the community a long time ago, since we are the taxpayers.
People submitted questions and each candidate was interviewed for a half hour - the audience occasionally applauded for particular comments. The school board's final interviews are also open to the public; they're being held this morning at the Gem Theater at 18 & Vine (May 26, 8am).