School Board elections may not sound as sexy as a good blood and guts race for a seat in the House of Representatives. But they're every bit as important. Because the seven people who sit on the Jefferson County School Board make policy that affects this community's future generation of leaders.
If our public school system were a business, it would be the second largest in Jefferson County. Budget-wise, it's the largest unit of local government. But the current Board is sorely lacking when it comes to running things according to any accepted business principles. The obvious proof is their failure to recognize the superb executive talent of Superintendent Stephen Daeschner.
Four of the seven School Board seats are up for grabs this November, and three candidates running for those seats are currently unopposed. The deadline for district residents to file as additional candidates for those seats is August 8th. So it's not too late for anyone who's fed up with this board -- and understands the need for a truly professional approach to the business of education - to throw his or her hat in the ring.
With a strong list of candidates who are true community leaders -- coupled with voters willing to do their homework on the issues -- our school system can have a real chance to realize its true potential.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.