Tension was thick enough to cut with a knife as highly concerned parents, students, teachers and community supporters gathered in the auditorium of Southside Middle School on Monday (Sept. 16) to discuss the possibility of an association with the Achievement School District.
A quarrelsome atmosphere led to difficult questions and random outbursts towards Elliot Smalley, an ASD representative.
"How y'all going to make our school better if it has already gotten better?" asked a Southside Middle student.
Frequently interrupted, Smalley was unable to answer many questions and convey ASD goals because of brash remarks from audience members.
- Written by Kelly S. Martin/Special to The New Tri-State Defender
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