The seven-month reign of Dr. Timothy Setterlund as Wilson County Schools director has ended.
The past nine days have been very trying for those in our school system, and we commend Dr. Setterlund for making the right decision.
It is time to look ahead to the next steps. It looks almost certain that an interim director will be appointed, and then we will look forward to the search for a permanent replacement.
Dr. Setterlund was hired in part because some considered him a visionary. The schools director is one of the most important positions in our county. Educating and preparing our young people is as important as anything we do. So, yes, we want someone who can articulate a vision.
But we also want someone who will spend some time learning and understanding our community, our people and our schools. We want someone who has the ability to build consensus among educators, parents, students and others to implement the vision.
Wilson County has good schools, but most of us can acknowledge that they can always improve, and the fact society is constantly changing and evolving means we need to always be willing to consider new and creative ways to do things.
We hope the board makes the search as open and inclusive as they can. We will certainly be watching closely.