Montgomery County NAACP leaders said last night they remained skeptical of the qualifications of Jack Davidson, school superintendent of racially troubled Austin, Tex., who is being considered for the job of Montgomery school superintendent.
NAACP chapter President Norman R. Seay said following a closed meeting with Davidson in Bethesda last night, "we need many more assurances. We need to see and hear more before we feel comfortable."
Several others among the seven black community leaders who attended the more-than-two-hour session said they wanted to reflect on the evening's discussion before forming an opinion. "We have an open mind," said Dorothy Dines of the National Council of Negro Women.
Davidson, currently frontrunner for the $60,000-a-year school post vacated by Charles Bernardo last year, flew here yesterday and will spend several days meeting with county educators and citizen groups.
Last night's meeting was important to local black leaders who are worried about Davidson's record in dealing with Austin's racial problems. Some members of the Montgomery Board of Education, which will appoint the new superintendent, also have expressed reservations about that record.
Austin recently was ordered to begin busing thousands of students this fall after losing a 10-year fight over segregated schools. Austin black leaders maintain Davidson did little to resolve the dispute, but he is defended by some Austin School Board members as an able administrator who is for desegregation but against busing.
Davidson described the group he met with last night as "articulate individuals" and said, "I intend to take their concerns and give them a good deal of weight."