Like at his previous job in Flint, Mich., Chow suggested Anderson close school buildings - often met with resistance - to help save the district money.
ACS still has a ways to go performance wise, but Chow said he wants students to actually remember what they learn and not just do well on tests or get an ‘A.’ There’s so much emphasis on test scores, he said, when many kids just forget the material.
The next superintendent, Chow said, just needs to come in and keep the district moving forward.
Ingrid Childs, who has two children in ACS, said she hasn’t always agreed with his decisions but also noted he’s had some tough ones to make.
The district isn’t “in the hole anymore” financially and student performance seems to be improving some with a higher graduation rate of about 83 percent, she added.
“I think he’s been very visible,” Childs said, adding she’s seen him out at community events and showing "support for the kids” by going to events like band competitions and soccer games.
While Chow didn’t have much time to interact with students and parents, he did say it was one of his favorite parts of the job.
He got “so many hugs from the little ones (at Southview Preschool Center) it was amazing,” he said.
While the school board has yet to appoint an interim superintendent, Chow said the system in place will allow his team of administrators to run the district for the time being.
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