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An open search, please

DAILY SUN NEWS EDITORIAL

With the news its superintendent is moving on to bigger things, the Grandview School Board will begin the process of selection of a new superintendent Monday.

As with Sunnyside’s search, we call on the Grandview board to make the selection process transparent.

Resist the urge to overly rely on executive session. Deliberate in public about the qualities you want the district’s next top educator to have.

Whether Grandview hires a consulting firm, like Sunnyside, we do encourage the district to have open public comment periods for the community to share their thoughts on the search.

It’s all the more fitting, given that Sunshine Week — an annual emphasis for open government — starts March 13.

As we noted on this page Wednesday, school districts often wait until they have finalists or semi-finalists in hand before they start announcing candidate names.

With Grandview’s search window even smaller than Sunnyside’s, we would like to see the district announce its candidates from the get-go. Who are they? Where are they from? Their background, experience?

We won’t repeat the typical arguments against that openness, nor the rebuttals, as listed in Wednesday’s editorial.

What we will say, though, is that Grandview offers a good opportunity for established or up-and-coming candidates. Having their names announced up front should not be a deterrent.

The district also has connections in high places. Not long ago, a contestant from “The Voice” encouraged Grandview students in a music class.

It also has friends in higher education. In fact, today a Harvard professor is providing a training session for Grandview school staff as part of an in-service program.

As we’ve seen just this week, the Grandview superintendent position can be a springboard to much bigger things, if the next superintendent so chooses.

Further, the board is support of its outgoing superintendent’s decision, calling it a “win” for the district to have one of its own rise to such regional prominance.

So, yes, like Sunnyside, there is plenty to like about the Grandview School District’s top job.

We’d be remiss in not sharing kudos to Grandview’s outgoing superintendent on stepping up to a big stage.

Educational Service District No. 105 is to also be commended on its choice of a local candidate to lead our region’s students.

Here’s hoping we can extend those pats-on-the-back to Grandview School Board members for keeping the search process transparent.

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