Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2006

Quick exit at district

February 2, 2006

Like everyone else, we were surprised by the turn of events in the Baldwin School District Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Baldwin School Board announced Carol Hansen, superintendent of schools in DeWitt, Iowa, as its choice to replace retiring James White. White sent out an e-mail district wide announcing the good news. Hansen, interviewed by the Signal Tuesday afternoon, was excited and bubbling about the chance here and the opportunities. She had said the same to Lonnie Broers, school board president.

The Signal put the news on the Web site Tuesday. It was in the Lawrence Journal-World Wednesday morning.

But, Broers got a call Wednesday morning informing him that Hansen had changed her mind and declined the offer. White scrambled to resend another e-mail with the news.

We had been extremely pleased with both the choice and the field of finalists. We had wondered aloud if meeting the candidates publicly was the wisest thing to do. We'd never seen it done that way before.

But, three of the four candidates didn't mind. They showed up to interview and tour the district. The choice and offer were made and accepted, but then declined.

It's unfortunate. Now the process starts over. We wish the board the best of luck, again, in finding the right person for one of the most important positions in Baldwin. Everyone wants the best for the district. Don't settle for less.

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