Group Protests Washington County Schools Superintendent

A group has been protesting all week asking for the Washington County schools superintendent to step down.

Thursday about ten people protested across the street from the Washington County Schools central office.

They say the Washington County Schools superintendent is recruiting people from outside the county for jobs with the school system when there are people qualified in Washington County. They accuse superintendent Dr. Joe Davis of hiring several people he knows from Wilson County where he lives.

The superintendent says he and his staff look for qualified people and it has nothing to do with where they live. Dr. Davis says, "Again it goes back to the qualifications and the position they are hired for. We have experts that look for what we need. So for someone to say we hire someone from a specific area because they are from my area is untrue."

Protester Latoya Howell says, "We have a lot of local Washington County people that are very very qualified to become teachers, guidance counselors and even to work to sweep or mop our schools. Everything that is coming down is coming down from his county, Wilson County. Even our vending machine snacks."

The protesters say they plan to elect a new school board.

There is a regular school board meeting planned for Tuesday at 6:00 pm.

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