Ben Cunningham answers the question "Why did parents stay away in droves?" with:
of yet another education bureaucrat.
You don't have to persuade me that many parents have little hope regarding their voice actually having an impact. Add to it the very short notice given about the meetings, being in the middle of the busy spring concert/graduation/push to finish school season, the fact that they're required to travel down to Bransford Avenue and still have lives and care for their children and keep their jobs and it's little wonder that turnout is low. However, now that the word is out and they'll be additional meetings I think they'll see attendance rise. It would have been better, imo, if they'd have arranged to actually get into the districts to make attending a bit easier on parents.
Frankly, I would have thought that an engaged and active BOE would have already had regular community meetings in their districts and would already know what to tell these headhunters about the kind of person they want as director.