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New Columbus Schools Superintendent Talks to ABC 6/FOX 28 Part Three

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:48 AM EDT
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Ken Hines) -- After a month on the job, the new
superintendent of Columbus City Schools talked with ABC 6/FOX 28 about
what he's learned since taking the district's reins.

Daniel Good
took over as the district's top boss following the retirement of Dr.
Gene Harris, who stepped down amid a data doctoring scandal in the
district, and investigations by the FBI and the state auditor. 

Good
believes anyone who was willfully involved in the manipulation of
attendance and grade records should be held responsible, but stopped
short of including Dr. Harris on that list.

"Consistent with my
belief, if there is overwhelming evidence of willful wrongdoing, I think
those individuals need to be held accountable," Good said. "I don't
necessarily believe Gene was aware of that. There may have been some
ambiguity as to what practices were appropriate or customary.”

Good,
51, has been an educator for more than 30 years. He said he wants to
assess the district's needs through meetings with parents, business
leaders, and other community members before deciding which goals should
be top priorities.

"We [will] honor the voices that have not felt heard in the past," he said.

Good
considers the improvement of student achievement to be the district's
largest challenge, with the restoration of the community's trust a close
second.

“Each and every child should reach their full potential,
and it shouldn’t matter what zip code, income, or family
configuration," he said. "Everyone deserves that opportunity.”

The
state's largest district will welcome 50,000 students and 8000
employees when Columbus City Schools open their doors on August 21.New Columbus Schools Superintendent Talks to ABC 6/FOX 28 Part Three


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