Good luck to Obasohan

Published 1:17 am Thursday, May 20, 2010

Word that Selma Schools System Superintendent Austin Obasohan will leave after June 30 left many in the community stunned Wednesday.

Wednesday during a Selma Schools Board meeting Obasohan acknowledged he had accepted a job in North Carolina. As usual, he put the students first, thanking them for making his short tenure here a delightful one.

Obasohan has worked hard to bridge many gaps in the school system. He created committees of students, staff and teachers and the general public to advise him on ways to improve the schools. He advocated diversity in the schools and worked toward that end, despite many obstacles raised by some in the city.

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No doubt this young man will be successful no matter where he goes. He is progressive and rational. He understands the complexities of running a school system, from dealing with the students to working with the public.

Selma has not always welcomed his ideas. Last year, for example, Obasohan wanted to begin a school for science to attract elementary and junior high students to the medical field. That decision would have resulted in some changes in student assignments and renovations of at least one building. At first the school board agreed, then came back and changed its mind upon the recommendation of Obasohan, who said he lead with his heart instead of his head at that point.

It is the heart that Selma also will remember about its superintendent. He unashamedly expressed his love for his students and for education and this community.

Obasohan has grown in experience, which will make him a better superintendent. This community has benefited greatly from his desire to bring his best to the school system.

Good luck and Godspeed, Obasohan.