Community leaders speak out on behalf of Laval Wilson
1:00:22: Visual: Footage of Dr. Laval Wilson (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools), Peggy Davis-Mullen (Boston School Committee) and Thomas O'Reilly (President, Boston School Committee) at a Boston School Committee meeting. Wilson says that a number of conclusions have been drawn by the Task Force. Shot of the School Committee members sitting at the front of the School Committee chambers. Marcus Jones reports that members of the Boston School Committee discussed transportation and the new student assignment plan during the open portion of this evening's meeting. Jones reports that legal counsel was on hand for the private part of the meeting; that members discussed Wilson's contract. V: Shot of O'Reilly and Robert Cappucci (Boston School Committee) walking toward a private meeting room. Jones reports that Wilson's contract expires in three months; that the Committee members must make a decision. V: Footage of Davis-Mullen saying that the the issue of Wilson's contract is critical; that the issue should already have been decided. Shot of Wilson at a School Committee meeting. Jones reports that a vote on Wilson's contract is expected to take place soon. Jones notes that community leaders spoke out in support of Wilson this evening. V: Footage of Jack E. Robinson (businessman) saying that Wilson is the best superintendent ever to head the Boston Public School System. Shot of Rita Walsh Tomasini (Boston School Committee). Footage of William Brown (Urban League) saying that the new student assignment plan cannot work until the superintendent's contract is in place. Shot of Juanita Wade (Boston School Committee). Footage of Tomas Rivera (community activist) saying that Wilson has a lot of support among the diverse communities in Boston. Shots of the members seated at the front of the School Committee Chambers. Jones reports that critics complain that Wilson is not an inspirational leader; that Wilson is not a good listener. V: Shot of Wilson at the School Committee meeting. Jones reports that Wilson's tenure has seen an increase in reading scores and a decrease in the drop-out rate. Jones notes that Wilson supporters say that Wilson should be judged on performance instead of personality. V: Footage of John O'Bryant (Boston School Committee) saying that there is no question about Wilson's good performance. O'Bryant says that Wilson's score was above-average on his two evaluations. O'Bryant says that the School Committee should renew Wilson's contract immediately. Footage of Wilson saying that he has been providing sound educational leadership to the Boston Public School System. Wilson says that he did not know that he would be required to be a spiritual or emotional leader when he was hired. Shots of School Committee members seated at the front of the School Committee chambers. Jones reports that Wilson received an initial vote of confidence from the School Committee last fall; that Wilson's support has wavered since the fall. V: Shots of Daniel Burke (Boston School Committee); of School Committee members Abigail Browne and Kitty Bowman. Jones reports that Wilson's opponents are one vote shy of ousting him. Jones reports that positive feedback from the community could bolster Wilson's support. V: Shot of audience members at the School Committee meeting. Jones reports that the next School Committee meeting is scheduled for April 11; that School Committee members will probably hold a vote on Wilson's contract at the meeting.