Speaking were a former PPS coach, about a publication he wrote;
Dr. Johnson Martin, noting that the district does not need new ideas and urging the Board to select a superintendent that will continue existing initiatives (but also suggesting that the Board select an individual who has successfully designed and implemented a significant program);
Kathy Fine (discussing the widening of the gap between PPS and PA test scores over the past 5 years);
Annette Werner (dscussing the enrollment decline over the past 5 years);
Gayle Moss and Dr. Marilyn Barnett (NAACP), who were accompanied by a number of parents concerned about reports that East Hill students would be assigned to Westinghouse rather than Allderdice. Concern was also expressed about the planned merger of high school students from different schools, and about the new 6:00 public hearing time which is difficult for many working parents.