The Imperial Unified School District board voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Barbara Layaye by four years and give her a raise. The board took the action despite a letter from the Imperial Teachers' Association asking that the board not extend her contract.
We think the board did the right thing.
Barbara Layaye is a tough administrator who can and has gotten the job done. Sometimes when an administrator is tough, feathers can get ruffled. We wonder if that is what has led some association members to question her leadership and interpersonal skills.
Still, we think the board has taken an action that will create continuity and allow the focus to remain on meeting the needs of the students.
It is not easy to find a good schools superintendent because it is a demanding position that requires a great number of skills. The person in that position must be a leader who can unite a large number of teachers, staffers and administrators, a leader who will fight for the resources the district needs, and a leader who can keep the community — namely parents — involved.