Letter to the Editor


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To the editor:

School board elections will be held Tuesday. This democratic process is just one of many ways we as parents may take an active role in our children's education. Before we vote, remember that the citizens vying for a seat on our school boards should meet basic criteria.

We need to select upstanding, moral citizens who will represent our schools well as role models for our children. The board members need to be open to innovative ideas and advice. They should encourage school staff and parent participation with the board and each other while focusing on policy-making instead of the day-to-day operation of the school. Like other professionals, they must be trained for their roles and continue their education as educational reform demands more from everyone.

Our jobs as interested parents and citizens does not end after we cast our ballots. We have the right to attend board meetings and voice our school concerns. We need to offer praise for our board members, administration and teachers when warranted.

Many people know their governor, state senators and representatives and what issues they stand for. Can we say the same for our local board members? It is the responsibility of every parent to make sure that the persons setting the policies our children are exposed to for seven hours a day, five days a week, are dedicated to serving our school system. Find out what issues that candidate supports. How do they compare to our expectations? Please go to the polls Tuesday, yet remember that April 3 and every day after is equally important for our children. Stay informed. Stay in touch. And stay supportive.