Dr. Grenita Lathan, Springfield Public Schools superintendent, sat down with Tom Carlson for an episode of "In Our Town." (Photo by Shannon Cay)

Episode description: While becoming the superintendent of Missouri’s largest school system in 2021 may have been a daunting task, Dr. Grenita Lathan’s extensive experience in education has uniquely equipped her for this leadership role for Springfield Public Schools. Having served as the superintendent of Houston, Texas schools and held a variety of positions in public schools across the country, she brings a wealth of knowledge to spearhead our school board.

Dr. Lathan joins host Tom Carlson to discuss the protocols and role of the board of education, insights into key issues facing Springfield Public Schools and how she hopes to support the school district in its future growth.

About the podcast: In Our Town is a podcast about Springfield, Mo. issues and leaders, hosted by Tom Carlson, publisher and founder of the Hauxeda.

About the host: Tom Carlson is the publisher and founder of the Hauxeda. An attorney and real estate developer who specializes in affordable housing, Tom was the longest-serving mayor of Springfield, serving 14 years over seven non-consecutive terms between 1988 and 2009.