How Public Will LM School District Process to Fill Doucette-Ashman Be?
31 people have submitted their names to be considered for appointment to the position on the Lower Merion School Board to be vacated by Linda Doucette-Ashman.
The question now becomes, will the process of selection of the new School Board Director be an open one - or will it be closed?
Reportedly, the Board will conduct interviews of 5 candidates at an open meeting later this month.
However, how will the 31 names be culled down to 5, and from this 5, how will the new Director be selected?
The public - and the Board - would benefit from a completely open process. To do otherwise would be a disservice to the entire community.
This is an opportunity for the Board to demonstrate its' ability to be representative of all of Lower Merion and to show all those who are cynical about the school district that they are wrong.
What are your thoughts out there about how to get the Board to adopt this approach?
Another question: will the votes of the sitting School Board Directors be public? Will we be able to know who voted for which Candidate?
And, also, will the public be permitted to participate in the selection process, either by public comment at the hearing where the five candidates are to be interviewed, or some other manner?
Do you out there think both of these things should happen? That the vote be open and the public be permitted to participate?
I figure I would throw this out there and start a conversation in the hopes the school district will learn to set more appropriate best practices.