Sydney L. Cousin, a former 16-year Howard County employee who also had a hand in developing the improvement plan, has been named interim superintendent until a replacement is found. But that is small comfort to people such as Jennings, who questions the temporary nature of the appointment and what he sees as opposition to raising the success level of certain students.
"Sydney is great, Sydney is a good choice," Jennings said. "But the point is you've got to work the plan. If [Cousin] gets the kind of resistance that John got, we still got a problem."