> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
As a graduate of Henryville High School and a parent of two children currently attending Silver Creek schools, I’m dismayed with the results of the recent West Clark School Board elections. Voters in the West Clark school district had a genuine opportunity to make the education of our children the top priority in this year’s election. Instead, once again, the voters failed our children.
Being honest, I do not personally know any of the candidates. I prepared for this election with no personal bias. What I did do was research each candidate and talk to educators I know. Based on my research of what each candidate had to offer, it’s a travesty that Robin Long was not elected to the school board.
School board elections are not and should not be politically driven. They should be conducted with the best interest of the student in mind. Candidates should be chosen based on their qualifications to be educational leaders and not on name recognition. Agendas should focus on education and not on politically charged topics. Under those standards the results of the recent election make no sense.
I have some questions for everyone that voted. Did you cast your vote based on the ability of your candidate to provide the best educational experience for the students of West Clark? Did you research the positions of each candidate? Did your candidate clearly outline detailed, well thought out positions for key educational challenges facing our schools? Did your candidate even bother responding to all the media requests they received that provided an opportunity to share with us, the voting public, his/her position on key issues? Is your candidate committed to holding teachers and administrators responsible for failure? Is your candidate committed to being proactive on issues or more apt to be reactive? If your answer to all of these questions is yes, then I don’t understand how the vote turned out the way it did.
I truly hope I’m wrong about this, but I fear I’m not. I want our school board to lead our children to great things in the future. I wish them success. But, I worry that it will be nothing more than a bureaucracy handcuffed by special interests and weak positions on educational issues. What’s done is done. But, I can ask that, during the next election, we all commit to putting the student first.