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SCHOOL BOARD SHOULDN'T KEEP SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH A SECRET

I was sickened to read that Buffalo School Board members are cowering behind closed doors to hire our next superintendent. Worse yet, their reasoning -- to "avoid potentially shallow and divisive public exposure" -- is hypocritical.

How come I never hear these phrases while they're running for election, or dipping into my property taxes for their salaries? We live in an indirect democracy, yet when our elected officials refuse public disclosure, there is no responsibility.

After paying former Superintendent James Harris a hefty salary, only to lose $9 million in state aid due to late filing, I no longer trust the board's judgment.

Yet it's politics as usual for this region -- from closed-door county meetings to raise taxes, to choosing our next superintendent. Some things never change. These same politicians too often run unopposed, giving citizens no choice to replace them.

Now is the time to raise the standard and hold elected officials responsible for their actions, not to close the doors.

James Missall

Buffalo