The Ashland School Board was blessed with a can't-lose situation when it met to choose a new board member to fill a vacant position: three eminently qualified applicants, any of whom would have been a fine choice.
The process was lengthy, thorough and transparent, and provided opportunity for public participation. The board held two public question-and-answer sessions with the candidates, face-to-face meetings with the four sitting board members, and on Monday afternoon, public interviews with the applicants.
In the end, the board unanimously chose Sabrina Prud'homme, secretary of the Southern Oregon University Board of Trustees, to replace John Williams, who resigned June 12.
They could have chosen Kamilah Long, manager of capital campaigns and leadership alliances for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, who mounted the most visible campaign. They could have chosen James Jarrard, former liaison to the Advanced Research Projects Agency who also worked for the U.S. Department of Education.
Either of those two would have made a fine board member. But it was Prud'homme's experience with the SOU board that tipped the balance. That experience means she will have less of a learning curve, board chairwoman Deneice Covert Zeve said in a statement.
Long had said the School Board's failure to address "systemic racism" in the school system prompted her to apply. She should continue to press the issue, and if she still feels that way when the next School Board election comes around, she should run. Meanwhile, we're confident Prud'homme will be a valuable addition to the board.