Kudos for open selection process

Published 9:38 pm Wednesday, October 6, 2010

In today’s newspaper, you’ll find the names and some professional information about the five people selected by N&P as potential superintendents for the Selma City School System.

The names were made public by the school board after consulting with N&P about the process for choosing a school superintendent. The school board has yet to finalize a process — how many of the nominees it will interview, where the interviews will occur and a timeline for selecting a superintendent.

But here is the good news. The school board has begun by opening up the process, releasing the names and professional information about each of the candidates.

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This elected school board promised transparency. As it has learned during the selection of a chief school financial officer, conducting meetings in the open isn’t always comfortable.

Yet school board members realize the school system belongs to taxpayers who support education with their dollars from sales and property taxes. Any selection without a wide-open policy would insinuate the officials of the school system are arrogant and do not care about their base.

Now that it has released the names, the school board should continue this openness by conducting interviews in public and keep the selection process free from any doubts.