Both the Socorro Consolidated Schools District and the Magdalena Municipal Schools District are to be commended for making their searches for school superintendents transparent.

The Magdalena school board selected Glenn Haven as superintendent at a meeting a couple of weeks ago. He comes to Magdalena with some impressive credentials.

Welcome to our community Dr. Haven. We look forward to working with you, and look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas about how Magdalena schools can be the best they can be.

The Socorro Consolidated Schools Board search is winding down, too.

This week might be the most important week of the search.

There are three finalists to replace Randall Earwood on a full-time basis.

One is a familiar face, Parkview Elementary School Principal Kimberly Ortiz. Mountainair Public Schools Superintendent Ronald Hendrix and Las Cruces Public Schools Coordinator for Secondary Instruction Lane Widner are the other finalists.

Today begins the first part of a three-step interview process.

They’ll be interviewed by a community advisory committee this afternoon.

They’ll be participating in a community forum tonight at 6 at the Socorro High School Commons.

They’ll be interviewed by the school board tomorrow.

The community forum is where you — the public — come in. This is your chance to meet the candidates, learn a little more about them and even ask questions.

This is also your chance to tell the school board how you feel about the finalists, and maybe even about the process itself.

This is your chance to let the future superintendent know about the issues you feel are most important involving our schools.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take part in the process. The forum is open to anybody, not just parents, grandparents or other family members with students who attend school in the district.

The selection of a school superintendent is a selection that impacts us all, even if we don’t have children attending district schools.

Businesses looking to locate in Socorro usually look at the performance of our schools. That is also the case with prospective faculty members who are looking at accepting positions at New Mexico Tech, and whether or not they choose to live in the community if they accept those positions.

This is your chance to have a say in a process that could have a tremendous impact on our community.

Do not pass up this opportunity.