Last week the school board announced it was axing CEO Gregory Thornton and hiring Sonja Santelises to replace him. We have no problem with that, but what's with the sneaky, underhanded, paternalistic, barely legal secrecy with which the search process was conducted? The school board, to avoid scrutiny, used a private donation to hire a search firm—and totally bypassed approving the funds in a public meeting. It pooh-poohed the notion of transparency, didn't even pretend to care about community input, and glibly insisted it didn't want to "distract" teachers, administrators, or parents with that ole thing we call truth. In February, board chair Marnell Cooper told The Sun that Thornton "received a positive evaluation" and that "we expect that he will fulfill the remainder of his contract," as the board was searching for a replacement. What are we citizens to make of a school board that goes beyond the obfuscation that it—and North Avenue—are notorious for and just bald-faced lies?