Valuable feedback

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. is smart to seek public input in its search for a new superintendent. With 13-year Superintendent John Quick retiring from the position July 1, the school district is acting quickly and appropriately. That includes posting a 10-question community survey on its website that asks students, parents and other residents what characteristics they want in a new school district leader.

Public input is important in the selection process. There is no position within the Columbus-based school district more important than superintendent when it comes to educational strategy and vision. Stakeholders should have a say in what type of leader they want, and the survey provides that opportunity.

The survey is accessible on the school district’s website, bcsc.k12.in.us, through Dec. 18. It takes only a couple minutes to complete and is worth your time.

Good idea

A new twist on an annual summer farmers market is a welcome opportunity for those who want to shop locally.

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Starting today and continuing through March 26, the organizers of the City Farmers Market, which operates at FairOaks Mall, is offering a winter market from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays inside the mall, providing a chance to buy meats, produce and vegetables. A Christmas market, featuring items such as handmade wreaths, begins Dec. 12.

With the interest consumers have shown in having fresh food and knowing the growers — part of the farm-to-table movement — this new effort is worth supporting.

Appreciated boost

Shop With a Cop is an important program because it provides winter clothing and toys for at-risk children during the holidays. Unfortunately, it’s been struggling to raise the $40,000 in donations needed to provide meet the demand.

So, Centra Foundation deserves kudos for stepping up to provide assistance for the program, which it is doing through its Holiday Giving Program.

People can go to a Centra Credit Union branch and pick off an Angel Tree tag with the name of a child who is signed up for Shop With a Cop. Centra’s program runs through Dec. 12, and the credit union also is continuing its annual support of The Salvation Army. Donations made at credit union locations will be split between the two programs.