Mayor Herenton excited about evaluation of school district - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Mayor Herenton excited about evaluation of school district

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton said Wednesday he is working on his evaluation of Memphis City Schools.

The evaluation comes after a request from former school board member now sitting on the Memphis City Council.

The mayor plans to address the council on his assessment of Memphis City Schools.

Wednesday, Herenton was noncommittal when asked if his assessment would better his chances of becomins superintendant of Memphis City Schools.

"I don't have to help by being the school superintendent," he said. "I can help by being the mayor. I just simply want to help."

Last month, Herenton said he would stay on as mayor even if he didn't get the superintendent job - something he has expressed great interest in.  Herenton said he is eager to address council members next month about his plans for the school system.

"I'd love to hear what he has to say about our system," council member Janis Fullilove said.   
Fullilove, the chair of the council's education committee, said she wants to hear from the mayor, but does not want him to leave office.

"I'd rather him be mayor on the 7th floor," she said. "I can go up and chit chat with about ills facing our community, but certainly he is more than qualified to be the superintendent."
Right now, the school board wants to have a new superintendent in place by July. The board has hired a firm that is currently conducting a national search for candidates.

"We're going to be interviewing everyone that applies, or at least that Rain and Associates looks over and sees as the top applications," school board member Jeff Warren said.   
Warren said he will listen to the mayor's address like everyone else but wants the due process of the search to continue.

Rain and Associates could not say whether the mayor is part of the candidate list.

The mayor continues to decline comment on the issue.

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