With the retirement of current Superintendent Ken Kruithof, the Bossier Parish School Board has an opportunity to make a clean break from some nasty business.
The good old boy network has left a stain on the reputation of an otherwise good system. Just look at the names of the people, from the attorney involved down to the maintenance employees involved in the recent scandal and it is very enlightening. Most (not all, but most) of the people involved are related to past superintendents, principals, school board members and/or other employees of the system or are related to people involved in politics at a local level.
Contractors must be screened in at least a minimal attempt to ensure that convicted felons are not entrusted with school business.
The school board should reach outside of the area in a search for a new superintendent, and when hired, give him/her full power to organize the system to operate in a more efficient manner.
The business side of school operations should be overseen by someone with a business education and with business experience. Accountability must be introduced into the system.
Hopefully the board will rise to the occasion and see that the Bossier Parish school system never again goes through the sort of trouble we have seen in the last few months, while at the same time pushing academic achievements to an even higher level.
The people will not stand for less.