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Supporters push for Metro Schools to hire Angela Huff

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Angela Huff was one of the three final candidates for the Metro director of schools position. Angela Huff was one of the three final candidates for the Metro director of schools position.
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As the Metro School Board’s search for the next director of schools goes back to square one, there is growing support for Metro’s second choice, Angela Huff.

“People are overwhelmingly saying we like this candidate,” Metro Council member Karen Johnson said. “One has declined the offer and we have two remaining. The choice is clear. We want to hear more from Dr. Huff.”

Johnson said she is part of a group of people who believe Huff isn’t getting a fair shot at the director of schools position.

“I think she’s being overlooked at this point,” Johnson said. “The school board actually stated we now have three capable and qualified candidates. We have this person still remaining as one of those three that has actually graduated from Metro Nashville Public Schools.”

Local leaders and school board members will attend an NAACP meeting in support of Huff beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Comprehensive Health Center.

Corinthian Baptist Church will host a rally Wednesday night to include a petition to hire Huff and recall election of some of the current school board members.“She had the largest attended meeting of any of the candidates, and she was impressive,” Johnson said. “There’s a growing interest right now to hear more from her. And we want the school board to consider what the community is saying, because they brought the community into the process.”

In a statement, Rev. Enoch Fuzz said the meeting will express resentment for board members who ignored the public’s input from Huff’s community interview.

Will Pinkston is one of the school board members who has maintained the search for the new director should wait for input from the next mayor and Metro Council.

In a post, Pinkston explained, “If our newly elected public officials feel brought into that process, that will ensure the school system’s future success.”

“If they wanted to wait for the mayor, I think they would’ve had to announce that before they had three capable and qualified candidates,” Johnson said. “At this point, the community expects for them to continue forward because they were leading that process.”

Huff is currently the chief of staff at Cobb County Schools in Georgia.

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