Solving a problem the first time through

Published 8:16 pm Saturday, July 25, 2009

Something needs to be done about Selma High School. Just about everyone has an opinion what needs doing.

Selma School System Superintendent Dr. Austin Obasohan made a comment about something needing to be done when he arrived in Selma some months ago.

Recognizing an issue is the first step in reaching a solution. Answers take time and many points of view are needed, especially on a project as big as renovating or constructing a new high school.

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Building community consensus is important; finding financing; making the project fit the financing and then turning dirt.

Obasohan is moving very slowly, methodically toward a solution. His deliberate, but cautious approach to the high school construction issue has some people complaining. Those critics should stop and think for a moment.

Without a well-thought out plan the high school project just might falter.

Obasohan is correct to look at this issue from all sides before committing to a certain direction. He should be appreciated for his restraint.