Since announcing the impending departure of superintendent Todd McGhee and the search for a new superintendent for Social Circle City Schools, the Social Circle Board of Education has been working hard to ensure that search concludes in a prompt and satisfying manner.

Over the past few months, board members have discussed the necessary qualifications for the new superintendent, fashioned questions and an interview process and, most recently, culled a list of nearly 40 names down to 10 semi-finalsits.

As the board prepares to interview the 10 semi-finalists, however, we hope they remember to keep their promise to keep the process as open to the public as possible.

For now, the board plans to interview the semi-finalists in groups of two, to avoid a quorum and the need for a public meeting, and this seems fair, as many candidates do not want their names known outside the job search at this point.

But board chairman John Callahan said they hope to release the names of the handful of finalists they select and interview them in the public sphere and we hope that comes to pass.

Anonymity may be important to the candidates, but a process this important needs to have a public face to it to be fully legitimate.

Our View is the opinion of the Walton Tribune editorial board, which includes Owner Patrick Graham and Editor and Publisher David Clemons.

News Editor

Stephen Milligan is the news editor of The Walton Tribune. He lives in Monroe and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

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