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.