Months ago, I said the Jefferson County Public School Board made a big mistake in not renewing the contract of Dr. Stephen Daeschner. And I haven't changed my mind.
In Dr. Daeschner, JCPS had a superintendent who was energetic, passionate, and skilled. But because the steady improvement in student performance wasn't coming fast enough for some, the board cut him loose in hopes of reeling in a bigger fish.
How's that search going? Well, after the board identified three finalists, two withdrew their names, leaving only Sheldon Berman, current superintendent of the Hudson Public School District in Massachusetts. But that very small district has just 2,900 students.
Mr. Berman certainly may be capable of running a district this size. But we can't afford to find out after the fact.
So - what should we do? First, the Board should bring Mr. Berman in and grill him with all the tough questions. If he impresses everyone sufficiently, then hire him.
But if he leaves any doubt as to his abilities to handle a school district this size, the Board shouldn't hesitate to begin the search again.
If our school system were a business, it would be the second largest in Jefferson County. So we need to get this right.
And if we're lucky, maybe we'll find someone almost as good as what we had.
I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.