Tonight, parents, teachers, and citizens of Peach County heard about the vision each candidate has for the future of schools in Peach County. Dr. Dennis Carpenter, Joe Ann Denning, and Dr. Christy Johnson were chosen by the Board of Education as the three finalists. One parent, Roy Lewis,·is not convinced any of these candidates can fix what's broken in the school system.
"I heard the comments from all of the candidates tonight, and it's very concerning that one, none of them have superintendent experience, and two none of them have high school principal experience."
Parents at tonight's forum expressed their concerns about the potential new leader for their school system.
Johnson believes her 27 years of·experience in·the Caroll County school system is just what Peach County needs, but·change is going to take some time.
"I am no job hopper, if you will look at my background I am system loyal, and it will take that longevity to make any kind of effective change in Peach county."
Parents like Lewis say that's where the problems start.
"One thing we've been lacking is consistency, we've had a lot of turnover on the board, this is our second. We've gone through two superintendents in the last four years, and here we are looking for a third."
The next might just be someone who's been a part of the school system for 24 years. Joe Ann Denning says she's already proven her loyalty to Peach County.
"I live up to my word, I asked them 24 years ago, trust me, and they did, and now if I'm elected to superintendent, given this position, I'm going to ask them again to trust me."
The third candidate, Dr. Dennis Carpenter, says he agrees with the idea of a long term commitment.
"I don't think that this improvement that I would like to see can be done overnight, with that being said, I see the successful superintendent being here for at least five or six years."
This promise isn't enough for parents.
"You know with the problems being in the high school, why are we not focusing on those two things, superintendent experience and high school experience, and I think it's a rush to judgement when you go out there and hire someone without the experience when you realize you've got the problems we have here in Peach County," says Lewis.