“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.” Ralph Waldo Emerson could have been speaking directly to Lu Young and Jessamine County in this time of potential change.
I was not surprised to learn that Young is a finalist in the search for a new school superintendent in Fayette County. When I first learned that Stu Silberman would be retiring, I wondered aloud whether Young would apply. Her name was bandied about in early speculation for obvious reasons.
Ambitious, accomplished, intelligent and articulate, it’s no surprise that Young wowed the search committee. They are interested in her for the same reason her fans in Jessamine County would like her to stay.
Like any public figure, Young has both admirers and detractors. If she goes to Fayette County, some will cheer and some will moan. A school superintendent is never able to please everyone, nor should that be the goal. Tough decisions require backbone, tenacity, and unflinching steadfastness in the face of criticism, qualities which few people have.