"I'm proud to be back in Arkansas," said Dr. Connie Hathorn.
Hathorn is currently the superintendent in Youngstown, Ohio. He was front and center as the public asked questions about how he would do things differently in the Little Rock District.
"What do you see as your top five leadership qualities?" a question was asked from the public.
Despite currently overseeing a much smaller school district, Hathorn pointed to past experience in Akron, Ohio, overseeing curriculum, hiring, and student services for some 30,000-plus students.
When it comes to combating a lack of parental involvement, Hathorn suggested making the district a more welcoming place for families, and he sees gaps in student achievement that need to be immediately addressed.
"Keep in mind that whoever comes won't be able to be here until July first, so the program is already in place. But what I could do is create a sense of urgency, higher expectations for our students and hold people accountable for the job they are supposed to do," Hathorn said.
There are three more interview days those are on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, and the final meeting on March 4th.
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