Kudos to county school board

Published 9:32 am Wednesday, January 11, 2012

For confidentiality, the hiring of individuals for public positions, such as city manager or superintendent of schools, is conducted behind closed doors.

Such secrecy often frustrates taxpayers who feel that although they may not have final say on matters relating to personnel, they would like some input. In this regard, we commend the Southampton County School Board as it pursues a replacement for retiring Superintendent Charles Turner.

The School Board is seeking input from residents as it searches for the next leader of the school system. The board has made surveys available that include questions regarding the type of background, qualifications, experience and leadership qualities residents want in their next superintendent. There will also be a public hearing.

The deadline to complete the surveys and the date of the public hearing are Wednesday, Jan. 18. The board has made the public aware of the surveys and the public hearing on its website, in The Tidewater News, and by automated phone messages using the instant alert system.

Public involvement in the search process does not ensure that the perfect candidate will be hired. But this is an encouraging step to involve residents.

Those interested in the direction of the county’s schools should let their opinions be heard.