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Our opinion: A strong leader needed

May 02, 2001

we wish Anne Mallory luck in her new position as special assistant to the Imperial County schools superintendent. She will be missed in the Westmorland Union Elementary School District, where she served as superintendent. Under her leadership the school grew, implemented new programs and improved the quality of education.

While Mallory's departure is a loss for Westmorland, we are confident the school district can continue to grow and students can continue to receive a quality education. Sometimes change, even change that at first appears traumatic, is good. Now the district will have a chance to find new leadership.

As the district launches a search for a superintendent, Linda Morse, the district's principal, will be the interim superintendent. Morse has a long history in the district, as did Mallory, and should do a fine job of leading the district. However, she has said she does not want the permanent superintendent's position.

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The individual selected for the job should have the ability to lead as Mallory did, to form teachers and staffers as a united educational force and to implement new ideas. The superintendent also has to have the desire to reach out to the community and must show the intestinal fortitude Mallory did under occasional heat.

Mallory cared about the kids and the community. As a Westmorland resident, she understands the issues youths in the city face. She brought that knowledge to her position and worked hard with the board and school staffers to obtain resources to improve the quality of education. A poor, rural school district needs someone at its helm who is convinced the kids in her district deserve the same amenities as schools in larger and wealthier communities.

It will be hard to find someone who cares as much about the community as Mallory, but that does not mean it will be impossible. In the meantime, the board has a good leader at the helm in Morse.

We urge the board to take its time and be choosy to find the best person for the school, the community, the students.

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