debra-robinson_web.jpgWEST PALM BEACH — The Palm Beach County Caucus of Black Elected Officials and the Coalition for Black Student Achievement will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the search for a new superintendent of schools, 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 at Palm Beach Lakes Community High School, 3505 Shiloh Dr. in West Palm Beach.

“Our children are the future business leaders of America and we must ensure that we have a superintendent in this county that is child focused,” said Latanzia Jackson, president of the CBSA.

“They must know, understand and be determined to put resources in place that will close the achievement gap of African-American children. The superintendent’s decisions will have a long-lasting impact on our county so we must get the right person right now.”

According to Palm Beach County School Board statistics, fewer than 3/4 of black students graduate four years after entering high school.  Additionally, 20 percent of black students, 38 percent of Hispanic students and 59 percent of white students have acceptable reading performance in 10th grade.

The town hall meeting will be moderated by state Rep. Mack Bernard, current president of the Caucus of Black Elected Officials, and Debra Robinson, vice-chair of the Palm Beach County School Board.

The superintendent of schools is the chief executive of the Palm Beach County Public School Distict. He or she is responsible for the day to day operations of the schools, making personnel recommendations, directing curriculum issues and making budget recommendations to the school board.

Bill Malone became interim superintendent in February after Art Johnson, superintendent of 10 years, departed with a $350,000 settlement deal in lieu of being fired.

Photo: Debra Robinson