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Qualls’ hire a good move

The official installation of Barbara Qualls, former superintendent of the Lago Vista ISD, gives our local school district a new jumping off point for the future.
Qualls’ 34 years of experience in education, from classroom teaching to school administration and beyond, will prove invaluable as the district moves into a new period of school growth and strength.
We have to offer our thanks to transitional superintendent Bill Chapman, who took over at the announcement of former superintendent Eddie Dunn’s surprising retirement. Without the experienced hand that Chapman brought to the table in that transitional period, the district would surely have suffered.
The enthusiasm with which Qualls was greeted at Thursday’s reception following her official hiring was encouraging. It means that people in the community are getting behind the new leader of our school district, a person who plays such an important guiding role in the direction the district will be moving in the coming months and years.
Qualls’ experience in finance will be absolutely irreplaceable as we grapple with a situation that could conceivably force us into a stance of creative problem solving and conservative use of funds. The symptoms of the dragging economy in surrounding areas are already showing — Dallas, for example, is suffering the loss of many of its public employees as a way to fill holes in its budget. Thankfully, we are not yet in the same position and likely will not be because of the foresight of the city and the district.
In the midst of the economic lethargy that has gripped many areas of our nation, Ennis, with its focus on industrial incentives that have kept large companies close by and provided new jobs in the process, has a strong base. The construction and capital work ongoing at our local schools is an obvious signal of that, and we think Qualls could see the writing on the wall when the offer to take the job here in Ennis was extended.
It’s a smart move for both her and us.

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