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Our Opinion: Holtville board makes sense

July 10, 2001

The Holtville Unified School District board is moving ahead with efforts to hire a permanent superintendent. It is no easy task to seek an individual with the skills necessary to lead a diverse district, in particular one that has seen its share of problems in recent years.

We support comments by board members, who said recently they are not going to rush the process. That makes sense. The board has the responsibility of making sure the person hired for the job is the best qualified and, in this case, that is a process that should not be rushed.

We can say that, in part, because the district has a good interim superintendent in Anne Mallory, who has shown herself to be a capable leader in her years serving as Westmorland Union School District superintendent. Mallory has the skills necessary to lead the district as long as needed, even if it means she needs to continue serving in that position through the start of the new school year.

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Still, that doesn't mean the board should drag its feet on the issue, but that is not what the board is doing. On Friday and Saturday the board and members of the community interviewed candidates for the position. The board could make a decision on Wednesday, but we get the sense the board is going to do the proper due diligence in making its choice.

We also would like to credit the board for including the community in the interview process. The education of youth is an effort that must involve both educators and parents so it only makes sense to involve the community in the selection process.

With the steps the school board is taking, we think Holtville will find itself with a qualified superintendent who will meet the needs of the school district and play an important role in the community.

The school district has seen its share of problems, and it is time to leave behind any controversy and embrace a future in which teachers, the administration, the board and the parents will all be united with one goal in mind — giving youth the best education possible.

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