The second candidate to interview for the Christian County School System Superintendent position began her day this morning at the Chamber of Commerce, where she spoke to leaders of the community and answered questions for over an hour.
Former Collier County, Florida Chief Administrative Officer Mary Ann Gemmell was outgoing in her demeanor with the crowd and gave more detailed answers to many of the same questions asked of another candidate who appeared at a similar event last week.
Ms. Gemmell was asked in several different ways about holding teachers accountable for student achievement and she said it’s about building strong professional relationships with principals and faculty.
Methods of student discipline have at times been a contentious issue between the school board, administrators and the current superintendent. Ms. Gemmell says consistency is key in dealing with a clearly defined code of conduct and a superintendent has to be certain each individual school is singing from the same sheet of music.
The candidate praised the community for its interest in education numerous times, saying she has read the chamber’s vision plan and believes it is important in getting the school system and community where it needs to be. She says she would have a clearly defined plan of action for the school system if hired, though she would take time to review it each year and make necessary changes.
Ms. Gemmell has a full schedule today, which includes meetings with principals and classified employees in addition to a public forum and dinner and another interview with the board. The final board meeting of the night will be at 8:30, when Ms. Gemmell could be hired as the next Christian County superintendent.