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School board embracing transparency

By   /   December 11, 2009  /   Comments

Dougherty County School System officials announced last week that the public will have the opportunity to meet the superintendent finalists early next year before the School Board extends an employment offer to one of them.

Already, the School Board has solicited feedback from citizens on what we perceive to be good qualities of a school system superintendent. And hundreds of us responded.

Now, that’s what we call a government that embraces inclusion.

Just imagine: What if the Albany City Commission had similarly embraced transparency the last time it hired a CEO? Instead, the city manager finalists’ names – much less the finalists themselves – were kept secret, as far away from public scrutiny as possibly. And what did we get in return? Four years later, the community continues to not only know who the other city manager choices were, but to suffer with immeasurably poor municipal leadership.

Thanks, Anita Williams-Brown, James Bush, Milton Griffin, David Maschke, Emily Jean McAfee, Velvet Riggins and Michael Windom.

In the grade of open, honest government, you get an A-plus on this test.

Kevin By Kevin Hogencamp

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