ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta School Board Member Anne Harper said she now recalls troubling patterns early in the administration of former Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall.
"She didn't seem very interested in our point of view or in a genuine dialogue," Harper told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie. "She began to discourage us pretty heavily from visiting the schools on anything other than ceremonial occasions. Principals were told to call downtown if a school board member arrived unannounced."
Harper served two terms on the board, starting in 1993. She was on the board that hired Dr. Hall in 1999.
"I think anytime you try to prevent your board from having direct contact with what's going on in the organization they're governing, you have an issue there," Harper said.
She said that policy began within Dr. Hall's first two years on the job.