Clearing hurdles, speakers express what they’re looking for in a school superintendent

Elizabeth Cogar

by Elizabeth Cogar

It was short, but not particularly sweet. The Lancaster school board held a public hearing March 19 to learn from residents about the qualities they want in a new superintendent and it lasted a tense 20 minutes.

Despite school board chairman Audrey Thomasson’s warning that speakers stick to the topic of the hearing, most expressed anger with the board’s February 19 dismissal of Dr. Steve Parker, a superintendent they liked and respected.

“It baffles me that we’re looking at what we want in a superintendent when we had what we wanted,” said middle school teacher Thirza Trant of Lancaster. “Somebody who will be…