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A job to lose

The superintendent’s job is Millie Hamner’s to lose. The school board gave the assistant schools superintendent that vote of confidence in giving her the “interim” superintendent’s post through the end of the next school year. That’s a long time.

The word “interim” could disappear at any time, board members said, pending a final decision to cash in – or not – on a head-hunter’s warranty on the previous choice for superintendent.

While Hamner has a big task to live up to expectations, she can heal the district while not backsliding on a push for excellence – or at least better test scores, the board has something bigger to live down.

The rap is the board caved to the Summit County Education Association’s (SCEA) “no-confidence” vote issued last week at now former superintendent Lynn Spampinato.

Not so, board member Garrett Sullivan said. He said the SCEA vote was one fact in a series of checklist items used to evaluate Spampinato and buy her out of her contract.

When all is said about the firing, Sullivan will probably be shown right. Many other forces were at work inside and outside the school system and the SCEA vote was the final nail in the coffin.

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