They borrowed a stop watch for last night's hearing on what the public wanted in a new Baltimore school superintendent, determined to limit each speaker to five minutes.
It ticked for exactly 10 minutes.
Three people showed up for the hearing at school headquarters on North Avenue. But one left before the meeting began.
Sarah P. Daignault, the education chair for the League of Women Voters, said the new superintendent needs to be well-versed in the special challenges of urban education and the difficulties of the classroom.
James J. Gardner, a parent, said the next superintendent should have at least five years to bring about change. He suggested picking someone familiar with Baltimore and proposed Samuel L. Banks, the school system's director of instructional support.