Richmond meets three superintendent candidates at public forum

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Community members met the three candidates for Richmond Public Schools' superintendent for the first time Wednesday night.

At a public forum held at Albert Hill Middle School teachers, parents and students were able to ask the finalists about their plans for RPS.

"To me, there is nothing more important than what happens in the classroom," said Dr. Anthony Jackson in response to a parent's question about charter schools. Dr. Jackson said he is all for charter schools but doesn't want other schools to fall by the wayside. 

"You will see me visiting schools, in homes, at community events," Dr. Calvin Watts said about plans to engage the community.

"Parent participation is also about us going out to parents where they are," Dr. Dana Bedden said to a question about parent participation.

Each person was encouraged to fill out a feedback form for each candidate, which was then turned in to the Superintendent Search Committee.

People were asked to rate each candidate on a scale of one to three on qualifications like leadership skills, experience and if the candidate would be a good fit for Richmond.

School board members will get a summary of the feedback turned in to make their final decision and announcement Monday afternoon.

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