The Covington News - - OPINION -

There’s no ques­tion that los­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Gary Mathews to re­tire­ment be­fore he has a chance to fin­ish his five-year plan is go­ing to cause a dis­rup­tion in our district’s for­ward progress.

How­ever, we be­lieve that dis­rup­tion needs only be brief if the elected school board makes a fairly speedy and wise de­ci­sion in find­ing his re­place­ment.

We need a school sys­tem leader who is ca­pa­ble of con­tin­u­ing the slow, but steady mo­men­tum the schools have been mak­ing un­der Mathews’ ste­ward­ship.

We surely don’t need to hire some­one who wants to come in and rein­vent the wheel, but we also don’t need some­one who’s coming in with the idea that he’s go­ing to coast into re­tire­ment. Mathews seemed to strike a good bal­ance with his mea­sured pro­gres­sive­ness.

The past year has not been a kind one for a school board that has ex­pe­ri­enced dis­sen­sion and dis­trust and a sharp down­grade in pub­lic per­cep­tion. How­ever, we be­lieve that each of the mem­bers has the abil­i­ties needed to help the school sys­tem, but they need to step up and show some courage.

We join many of­fi­cials in the be­lief that New­ton County is on the verge of an eco­nomic re­nais­sance, but in or­der for us to see that be­come a re­al­ity, ev­ery­one needs to have con­fi­dence that our school sys­tem is up for the chal­lenge of churn­ing out the high-qual­ity work­ers of to­mor­row.

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