Last week, Fox 41 News conducted a website poll asking respondents who they hold most responsible for the lingering problems with the Jefferson County School System. And the results were eye-opening.
Even though Superintendent Sheldon Berman has been made the latest scapegoat for the system's woes, over half the nearly 1400 people who responded blamed the school board itself. Parents took second place in the responsibility sweepstakes with over a quarter of the vote, while Berman was chosen by fewer than 10%.
This tells me the people of Jefferson County are waking up to the fact that it's been a long time since the school board has demonstrated any level of competence, and that board members have been sorely lacking in achieving results anyone could be proud of.
But we weren't awake in November. We missed a great opportunity to elect a competent school board. Going forward it's up to us to take responsibility, to ask the tough questions, to actually study the candidates at election time and choose people based on qualifications rather than who has the most yard signs.
Unless we start rejecting less-than-competent people in favor of people who truly understand and care about education, we grown-ups will squander the future of yet another generation. And that's who this is really all about.
What do you think? What will it take to get a better school board?
Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.