The Brainerd School Board should reject the recommendation of its Personnel Committee to conduct an internal search only in its bid to replace retiring Superintendent Jerry Walseth.
Our reason for hoping the school board widens the search has nothing to do with the qualifications of Assistant Superintendent Steve Razidlo and everything to do with a desire for a proper process in this most important job search.
Walseth told the panel he believed Razidlo was the only district employee who currently had superintendent credentials although Razidlo told a reporter he thought about a half dozen staffers had such credentials. Either way, thats a pretty small pool of talent and one that should be broadened.
Given the districts dire economic situation its understandable the board doesnt want to conduct an exhaustive and expensive nation-wide search for the superintendents job. Still, quality candidates have many more resources to find out about openings thanks to the Internet. The opening could be posted on the Minnesota School Boards Association Web site and other education Web sites at no cost.
What possible purpose is served by telling qualified candidates who might just be eager to move to this community that they need not apply? Would unsolicited resumes from qualified candidates be thrown in the wastebasket?
School board members cant afford to let tinges of self-pity convince them that no first-rate educator from outside the district would want this job. Theres little evidence to suggest thats the case at all.
Razidlo is eminently qualified and may very well be the best choice for the job but from our vantage point an internal search only makes no sense.
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