Lawrence Superintendent Anthony Lewis not selected to lead Montgomery School District – The Lawrence Times


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“As a community, we still have a lot of work to do,” says Lewis

Updated article at 12:04 p.m. on Friday April 8:

Members of the Montgomery, Alabama, school board have dropped Anthony Lewis, superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools, as they seek to replace their outgoing leader.

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The school board took a ballot vote at a live-streamed town hall meeting Friday morning, unanimously selecting Melvin Brown, superintendent of schools for the city of Reynoldsburg in Ohio. Montgomery’s current superintendent, Ann Roy Moore, is retiring at the end of May.

Lewis began his teaching career in Montgomery Public Schools, working as a special education teacher and in administration before being recruited to work in the school district of Kansas City, Missouri. He arrived in the Lawrence School District in 2018.

Lewis said Friday he was a bit “disappointed” for his family members who were excited about the prospect of his return home, but he still cares deeply about Lawrence and cares about that community. He said he was honored to be among the top 5 candidates for the job. Many of his family members were in the audience for his interview with the Montgomery School Board, and he said it would be a lasting memory for him.

Last month, Lewis said various districts had recruited him since the National School Public Relations Association named him “superintendent to watch” for 2020-21 and that he hadn’t returned calls from other districts because that he was happy here. When Montgomery contacted him in the fall, he said he first told them he was “not ready to go home.” Lewis said he and his family discussed that “eventually” they would have to move closer to home, when parents needed it.

Lewis said he quickly decided that “I think I owe it to my family just to put my name in the hat, just to see what happens”, but it was the only new opportunity he was looking for. He also told the Montgomery School Board that they would not find his name in any other superintendent searches and that he was still happy at Lawrence.

Lewis said he was overwhelmed by the support he received from people in Montgomery, many who already knew him and others who didn’t, and many people in the Lawrence community.

“But to be honest, I was also… flustered, I guess you could say.” I don’t know if I was necessarily shocked, but disturbed by some of the comments that have been made about my potential departure, from members of the community and some staff members,” he said. declared. “So it just lets me know that as a community we still have a tremendous amount of work to do in terms of fair civility, accepting those decisions that you may not be in favor of and how we let’s answer it.

“So as a community we still have a lot of work to do, and I’m determined to continue that work in this community,” he said.

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Finalists for the job included Lewis, Brown, Marla Sheppard, deputy head of academics in Houston, Texas and former superintendent of public schools in Kansas City, Missouri, and Donald Warren, deputy superintendent of the Griffin-Spalding County School District in Georgia. . Avis Williams, superintendent of Selma, Alabama, was in the running but withdrew after being selected as superintendent of the New Orleans school district.

Selma is about 80 km from Montgomery. Lewis said that even if this district contacts him about the job, he will not pursue the opportunity.

Lawrence’s school board voted in July to extend Lewis’ contract through the end of June 2024.

Here is the video of Lewis’ interview with the Montgomery School Board:

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