The Union Recorder

Editorials

June 4, 2014

New superintendent announcement is opportunity for learning

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Baldwin County Board of Education has narrowed its search for the next school system superintendent to one candidate. The board selected Dr. Noris Price of Athens-Clarke County from a field of three candidates to fill the school system leadership position.

Four candidates were chosen out of the 30 applicants as possible hires for the position.

Three of the four candidates were invited by the board to participate in the second round.

While no date has yet been set to make the hire official, this public announcement is an opportunity for the community to engage and learn more about the next leader of the local public school system.

Earlier this year the local community had an opportunity to give feedback on what characteristics the next school superintendent should possess. This window of time in the days leading up to an official vote is another chance to engage with school board members in finding out more about Dr. Price and how she fits the vision the community desires as its school system leader. It’s an opportunity to find out more about the candidate and to ask questions of board members as to how they approached the selection process. The public forum on the superintendent selection process garnered very little participation earlier this year. While turnout was disappointing, this next phase is another chance to engage in the selection process. The local school board has been transparent in this selection process thus far, providing details and updates on how the selection timeline has developed.

Everyone who lives and works in this community is impacted by the direction of the local public school system. Being a stakeholder comes with a level of tremendous responsibility; it’s a role that requires activity and engagement.

Leading a school system and being responsible for thousands of young minds on a daily basis is not a job for the faint of heart. Anyone taking in this role is going to need help — from the BOE, parents and the community — to move the local education system forward to higher performance. 

Every local stakeholder — parents, educators, members of the business and non-profit communities — must value their role in the selection process and see how the school board has utilized their input in its decision.

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