The Union Recorder


March 5, 2014

Thursday forum too critical to miss

MILLEDGEVILLE — Baldwin County Schools are approaching a pivotal point of transition.

In the coming months, local school board members will be charged with selecting the school system’s next leader, the successor to Superintendent Geneva Braziel, who is stepping down at the end of June.

This decision is certainly the most impactful issue any of the current school board members will make in their board tenure. But while the final say rests in the hands of the school board, it is vital that they approach this decision equipped with input from the whole community.

This week presents that opportunity. Thursday’s public forum is a moment none of us should let pass us by.

Local officials, parents, students, school system employees and residents are invited to provide school board members with their ideas during a public forum slated for 6 p.m. Thursday at the board office, located at 110 N. ABC St.

Board members should listen carefully to the feedback they receive at the upcoming forum and take it to heart as they continue in the process.

The key, however, is that the community must be willing to provide it. We simply can’t sit back and allow others to make this decision on their own without providing the needed and necessary input. We must move past the notion that sitting back and watching decisions be made, with little or no engagement on our part, is acceptable. Withholding analysis and feedback until after the fact is easy, and largely ineffective.

This isn’t a moment for discussing could haves or should haves — it’s a moment to open and honestly engage in a conversation on what we as a community envision for the next leader of Baldwin County Schools.

The community can also complete a brief survey and provide input online. The survey can be found on the school system’s website. A summary of the survey results will be given to the school board for its use as applications are reviewed and select candidates are interviewed.

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