One of the first stories this community heard about educator Terry Thompson when he took over as Anderson High School principal was encouraging.
When a special needs student was intimidated by classmates, Thompson took a personal interest. The situation could have been dangerous; the autistic student had access to a gun. But within a few days of starting his new post, Thompson made it clear that bullies wouldn't be tolerated in his school.
Many of us hope that Thompson will be allowed to carry that message and numerous other critical issues to the entire school district. Thompson is the leading — if not only — candidate to become superintendent of Anderson Community Schools.
The school board will take up the personnel decision Tuesday. Thompson would be a good choice.
But many saw this likelihood coming. And for good reason. He served as adjunct faculty professor for Anderson and Indiana Wesleyan universities for a few years. He has mentored more than 75 principal candidates over his career.
This district has encountered a number of leadership types: a cheerleader, an ideas person, an operational chief. All have worked to some degree. But with under-performing schools and the loss of student populations, it might be good to hire someone who has spent a year with students and staff yet can provide an outsider's evaluation for solutions.
Terry Thompson has admirable traits to carry a superintendent's role. In his first few weeks, he showed he cares for students and can emphasize messages to all ACS families.
By working inside the ACS system, he may well have the credentials to carry the district forward in tough times.