It was a final exam of sorts for the two finalists to take the helm of Springfield’s schools. More than 100 turned out Wednesday night for a public forum. Michael Popp, who is an administrator for a large suburban Chicago district says he is already reviewing test scores here and is impressed with the quality of educators in District 186.
“One guy can’t do it alone. All your teachers can’t do it alone. There are some folks here really working at it” Popp told the parents and teachers that turned out for the forum.
Jennifer Gill, the other finalist for the position says as a Springfield native who commutes to her job as Director of Teaching and Learning in the McLean County school district, says she is invested in the community; her two children are students in the district. She say her local roots give her an advantage.
“I have alot of relationships in this community. Many of you here I’ve known my entire life” says Gill.
The Springfield School Board has indicated a hiring decision will be be made soon.