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Publisher's Voice: A salute to Steel-High for including public in search

Posted 6/18/13

A salute to the Steelton-Highspire School Board for taking it to the people last week.

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Publisher's Voice: A salute to Steel-High for including public in search


joe3The school district is in the home stretch in its quest to name a new superintendent for soon-to-be-retiring Dr. Audrey Utley. The board narrowed the field of candidates to two finalists and believed it was its duty to permit taxpayers a chance to meet them.

While the number of citizens who took advantage of the opportunity was less than expected, it is admirable that citizens were afforded such respect by their elected officials.

Steelton-Highspire has more than its share of problems, including crushing financial realities. But you have to admire the district’s decision to involve the citizenry in the monumental task of selecting a new superintendent.

A superintendent is a school district’s CEO, and much more. She or he is THE public head of a school district, perhaps the most recognizable school official – and the one who citizens usually turn to when they want to make comments, complaints and suggestions.

If only such meetings would have been held for Middletown Borough’s top office holders. Middletown Borough Council stayed behind closed doors to appoint its borough manager, police chief, finance director and borough secretary/communications director. These are major managerial positions that involve interaction with the citizenry on a regular basis. Why not allow the public to meet the top candidates?

I respectfully suggest that Middletown’s elected officials not miss that opportunity again.


What’s your typical weekend activity? Cutting the grass? Tending the garden? Golfing? Cleaning the house?

I stumbled upon someone’s weekend away and, to say the least, it was humbling.

A couple of weeks ago, local dentist Dr. Sam Selcher spent the weekend in Philadelphia administering to the dental needs of the less fortunate. He was part of a team that dispensed dental care – from teeth cleaning to root canals – to almost 2,000 underprivileged people. All the work was done by volunteers, including our own local dentist.

Thanks, Sam. Your sense of community is humbling.