The Marquette area's loss is Alcona County's gain.
That's how we see the decision this week of the Marquette Alger Regional Educational Service Agency board, whose members chose Marquette School Superintendent Deborah Veiht as their new superintendent instead of Alcona Superintendent Shawn Thornton. While the board had many candidates from which to choose, ultimately it narrowed its selection to Veiht and Thornton.
While we like to see good people succeed in all their pursuits, frankly in this instance we are glad Alcona County, and all of Northeast Michigan, will continue to benefit from Thornton's leadership, passion and professionalism.
In a May 15 story in The Mining Journal of Marquette, Thornton said she believed in collaborative efforts within a community to bring education, businesses and human service agencies together to improve the quality of schools.
She shared in her interview with MARESA officials she always has been a strong advocate for education by getting involved in her community and battling for all the resources she can. A good example of that was the recent AMA ESD millage request, where Thornton was actively engaged in community leadership efforts promoting the millage.
We believe Thornton is an asset to our region, and we hope Alcona County residents agree that Marquette officials let a good one slip away.