'The most critical choice you make'

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Congratulations to our Daily News Editor, Bill Barth, and his team of investigative reporters who uncovered some questionable background on potential candidates for the position of superintendent for the Beloit School District.

In the process they also revealed some questionable reliability of the firm guiding an inexperienced board of education in the selection process. Maybe a July 1 deadline should be questionable on the part of the board.

I could not help but realize the three candidates in question all had secondary education experience. Shouldn't we also take a look at some who have an elementary background? After all, isn't the focus now shifting to the preschool age? Did the board ask the search firm to look for some administrators who have knowledge and experience at the elementary level? Believe it or not, that has to be the focus.

The problems at the secondary level can be traced to our current philosophy of education. Maybe it is time to look at the problems resulting from the practice of social promotion, or the concept of programs such as the "ungraded primary." A word to the board members: This will be the most critical decision you will ever have to make as a board member.

The May 17 edition of the Daily News was a bombshell. It was hard to believe, that being aware of the possible legal problems of one of the three finalists, the board still consented to keep him as a candidate. Then, on top of that, as the board decided to sever its relationship with the search firm, the firm suggested to split the difference of the contract. As stated by one board member, we shouldn't pay them a thing.

The board is faced with a challenging situation - where can the board find a "true independent to act as an interim superintendent" for the coming school year? What is meant by a "true independent"?

The board needs to contact the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (of which they should be a member), for some direction and guidance as to the problems the board is facing. The Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators is another group which could be helpful. The board needs to come together, stop your infighting and concentrate on what you were elected to do.

Arnold Lee

Beloit

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