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Board pick has much to show

Superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools Joel Boyd speaks at the Santa Fe High School graduation ceremony in May.
Superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools Joel Boyd speaks at the Santa Fe High School graduation ceremony in May. Albuquerque Journal

Fort Worth school trustees must have seen something special in Joel Boyd when they interviewed him for their $300,000-a-year superintendent’s post.

They’ve offered to hire him, pending completion of a contract during the next three weeks.

It couldn’t have been his experience that impressed them, because his résumé shows nothing like the challenges he’ll face in Fort Worth.

He’s been praised for closing achievement gaps as superintendent of the 14,000-student district in Santa Fe, N.M., a post he’s held since 2012. He has credited the Santa Fe community for uniting and causing those results.

Maybe trustees saw in him a man who can bring about similar unity and results in Fort Worth, but the task will be far bigger in an 86,000-student district.

Boyd, 35, has worked in leadership roles in the Philadelphia and Miami school districts, but not as the person in charge and ultimately responsible for student success.

“Too many children [in Fort Worth] are in chronically underperforming schools that can perform much better,” Boyd said Saturday.

Surely he discussed with the school board a plan for turning that around. We’re anxious to hear it.

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