On Tuesday, the Social Circle Board of Education wrapped up a months-long selection process by hiring Robbie Hooker as the new superintendent for Social Circle City Schools.

The school board had been seeking a qualified candidate since the beginning of the calendar year, ever since current superintendent Todd McGhee announced his decision to step down on June 30.

What followed was a guide for how other government boards and groups should seek to do their business.

The board spent weeks discussing the criteria they sought in a superintendent and the process they would use to seek out such an applicant. They debated publicly the needs of the school system and their requirements.

When they narrowed down the initial list of candidates down to 10 semi-finalists, they released as many of the names as the candidates themselves permitted, and again released all the names of the three finalists.

This degree of transparency should be seen more often in such situations. And while we would have liked to see the finalists’ interviews opened to the public, the entire process was far more transparent than usual.

Congratulations, Social Circle, not only on your new hire, but on exemplary work in reaching this point.

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