She's never stingy with a hug, and rarely at a loss for words, and the Lansing School Districts' superitendent search committee calls hers big shoes to fill.
"It'd be nice if we could clone Dr. Banks," jokes chair Hugh Clarke.
Though the district has lost students every year she's been at its helm, parents and educators who met to discuss replacing the superintendent say the district is on the right track.
"I'm looking for a continuum," says Pierre Butler, whose daughter is a first grader at Woodcreek Magnet School. The magnet program is a major reason they're looking for more of the same with a new superintendent.
"To know it's new and instituted under her reign, so it gives us something positive to move forward with," Butler says.
Everett High School junior Ryan Lewis wants a person with a presence so students know they have an administrator behind them.
The search firm in charge of hiring a new superintendent will meet with judges, unions, clergy, and others Tuesday and Wednesday. They'll process all their input before they post the job at the center of the search.
"This is a very open, very intense process," Clarke says.
Banks will leave at the end of the school year. The search committee hopes to have her replacement hired by January.
Another public hearing is scheduled for 6 pm at Otto Middle School, Wednesday, September 20.