When one of the top school districts in the state loses its top leader, it should be cause for concern.
But everything we've seen and heard about Carla J. Evers, the new superintendent at Pass Christian, lessens those concerns.
For one thing, she's taking over from Beth John a school district that's at the top of its game.
The community is heavily invested in the school district, which makes the superintendent's job easier.
Evers recognizes the importance of community involvement.
She says the first three things she'll do is look, listen and learn. She will be watching how things work, listening to the concerns of the people and learning the ins and outs of a district that is functioning at a high level.
She has the experience we like to see in the top administrator of a school district. And she rose to the top over an impressive list of candidates: four superintendents, five assistant superintendents, a retired superintendent and seven school principals.
She says she has no plans for big changes. It's not broken, she notes, so there's nothing to fix.
That's not to say there aren't challenges ahead. Lawmakers chronically fail to adequately fund education and with the lower revenue projections coming out in recent months, that's not likely to change.
When money is tight, it takes a lot of teamwork and leadership to find creative ways to keep standards high, teachers challenged and happy, and students engaged.
We wish Evers the best and urge the people of the Pass to get behind her.
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