Wednesday evening at City Hall the Jackson Madison County School Board completed its third and final night interviewing candidates for the position of Superintendent.
Members of the community had the opportunity to question Alan Coverstone for two hours. After spending that time in the open forum he had dinner with School Board members followed by two more hours of questions. Coverstone spent Wednesday in Jackson touring a few local schools and with Central Office staff.
Coverstone is employed by Metro Nashville Public Schools as manager of the district's charter schools, a position he took in 2009 upon resigning from Nashville's School Board. Prior to that he served as the Academic Dean at Nashville's prestigious private school, Montgomery Bell Academy.
If offered the position of Director of JMCSS Coverstone said one of his major goals would be for all schools to be excellent schools, and for parents to have choices in education. He said he would like to see the kind of parental involvement that leads to the sense of "ownership" in Jackson Madison County schools. When asked why he is the best candidate for Jackson he replied that because Jackson parallels Nashville's schools in both demographics and achievement levels, with Jackson being slightly higher.
Several questions from the audience were concerned with if hired as Superintendent of JMCSS Coverstone's two children would attend the public schools or would he chose to enroll them in a private school. He responded by saying his family was important to him, and he would make the choice as to what was best for his children as well as include his children in the decision making process. Coverstone told the audience “My default is not a private school, but I’m committed to reducing the disruption of my children’s education”. Both of his children currently attend private school in Nashville.
After the meeting Alan Coverstone spoke with news director, Keith Sherley.
Coverstone talks about his preparation for his interview
After the dinner and interview with Board members, Alan Coverstone spoke with Keith Sherley about why he wants to be Superintendent of Jackson Madison County Schools.
Several in the audience were concerned that a candidate for superintendent could not commit to placing his kids in Jackson Madison County Public Schools
Jackson Resident Jerry Day follows up on comments made during the meeting regarding the issue of private school. Day refers to the remarks showing a disconnect with public school parents and the community.
The JMCS School Board will meet Thursday night at 6pm at Central Office for their regular monthly Board meeting. At that time the Board could discuss and make a decision to offer a contract to one of the candidates.