Change at the top of the Holtville Unified School District can only be looked at as a good thing.
The tenures of the last two HUSD superintendents were more than rocky, as one, the other or both engaged in battles with the community, the school board and district employees.
Things should be smoother with Pat Maruca at the helm of the district. Maruca, hired this week by the Holtville school board, is a veteran El Centro elementary school principal with a reputation for running a tight ship but not at the exclusion of maintaining close relationships with students and parents.
Some in Holtville may mistakenly think because of her diminutive stature and ready smile that Maruca will be an easy touch. Those who know her are more than aware Maruca demands a lot from employees, and those who aren't willing to work as hard as they can will have to deal with her.