School board member says fight over superintendent is "personal" | News
The Birmingham School Board President called a special meeting earlier this evening to discuss Superintendent Craig Witherspoon's contract but cancelled it just a few hours before it was to take place
With the next board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, one board member says Witherspoon's job could be on the line.
At a rally for Dr. Witherspoon, supporters say there's no reason the school board should discuss letting him go.
"He raised money towards our schools, balanced budget despite 25 million deficit," Randall Woodfind with CARE said. "Firing our superintendent will not only stop that progress, will send a message our board of education may not have interest of students at heart."
Charlie Williams has three kids in the school system and says the school board should be fired.
"Dr. Witherspoon has done an excellent job coming into a situation where we already had existing problems i think he's made great strides," Williams said.
But not every parent stands behind the superintendent. Some don't think he's made the most of his nearly two years leading the district.
"I haven't seen any progress," Ms. Fuller, a parent, said. She wants to see more improvement in the schools and better enrollment.
"I know there's been a lot of complaints to the school system they're not getting attention to accordingly," LaTonya Bishop said.
But one school board member says the possibility of Witherspoon being terminated has nothing to do with his job performance.
"It's personal," W.J. Maye said. "[Witherspoon] is not a kiss up if you know what I'm saying. He's a young man who knows what he's doing, confident in what he's doing and does what he know to do, all about teaching, learning that what he's about."
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