MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Shock and disbelief in Tuskegee.
"I never saw this coming," admitted Tuskegee Mayor Omar Neal.
Neither did parent Patsy Roberts.
"I just saw her two days ago and she was in a good mood," said Roberts.
The Macon County School Board fired superintendent Dr. Gwendolyn Moore Wednesday night, the first Macon Countian to hold the job. The board wouldn't talk specifics but did say it 'had lost confidence in Dr. Moore and wanted to put the system's best foot forward.'
"I do think the board made a mistake. I went to her for some school issues involving my son and she got them resolved," Roberts said.
Unlike Roberts Mayor Neal fell short of saying the school board made a mistake. As mayor Mr. Neal says he fully understands tough jobs mean making tough decisions but the mayor concedes Moore's dismissal makes his job a bit more challenging.
"One of the things industries look for is the education in the area," said Mayor Neal.
The Macon County School system has a problem with stability when it comes to keeping superintendents; 5 superintendents in the last 8 years.
"This can't be good," said Mayor Neal.
Dr. Jacqueline Brooks is the interim superintendent and agrees with the mayor there needs to be stability and continuity but isn't interested in doing this full time.
"I am more suited in a support role and I will do what I can to improve morale during the transition," said Dr. Brooks.
Brooks is in charge of the school district's federal programs.
WSFA 12 News was unable to reach Dr. Moore for her take on the story. School leaders say it could take up to a year before they hire a permanent replacement.
The salary for a Macon County superintendent has fluctuated between $90,000 to $120,000 a year.
Dr. Moore was earning $120,000 a year according to board president Al Robinson.
According to one study, the average stay for public school superintendents nationwide is a little less than 3 years.