Scott Smith left the following remarks in my blog post supporting Debbie Hays, and I am re-posting them here so everyone can read them.
I respect your opinion on who you think should be next Bossier Superintendent of Schools. However, I made it very clear in my first interview that my number one priority was to quickly fix the problems in the maintenance and finance departments. In less than one hour, after phone calls to finance dept. employees, I was able to ascertain that there is absolutely no communication in the finance department! This is completely unacceptable.
I have no problem removing employees quickly from their jobs for poor performance or unacceptable behavior. I've done this many times over the years at Benton High School. Ask my 76 employees how quickly I address any problems that may crop up. That's why our school is held in such high esteem.
I have a 19 year school level administrative track record to prove it. I can and will quickly restore public confidence in this system, if given the chance. My goal is to have a new top level administration, new vision, and a new level of accountability for the Bossier Parish School System.
I should not be penalized or precluded from this job simply because my wife is a state representative. She has her career, and I've worked hard to have mine. I stay out of her business and she stays out of mine.
You can come to the public forum for the 3 final candidates this Monday, May 18, 5:00 pm, at the BIC Auditorium. I will be glad to talk to you personally about my vision for this system before the forum begins at 6:00.