It will be sad for the Marietta City Schools district if Superintendent Bruce Thomas does move on.
Thomas, on the job since May 2010, has the district building momentum in the right direction. Marietta voters just passed a levy that will build in financial stability for the next few years.
Thomas is one of six a finalists for the Warren City Schools superintendent's job. Thomas said his hiring is 'probably a remote possibility," but if the Warren people see what the Marietta people saw he might have a really good chance of getting the job.
We certainly wish Thomas the best in his job hunt, especially on a personal level. A move would bring him much closer to his father, who currently lives 140 miles away.
In the meantime, Thomas vows to put all his time and energy into the Marietta district. That's good to hear, because Thomas has been providing leadership locally.
And it's easy to see why some people would be disheartened if Thomas moves on. He's been on the job for a year and his hiring came after a three month search. All that followed the departure of Herb Young after serving a year and a half as superintendent.
Ultimately, the hope is to hire someone who provides all the qualities the board, staff and parents want, and stay on the job a "for the long run."
Obviously, hiring a superintendent is a huge undertaking. But hiring is such a big job because it's so important to the district and community. We hope for the best for the district and for Thomas.