Get informed, vote

TO THE EDITOR: We are now electing school board members and in some cases, a new superintendent.

Future leadership in each local school district is under way. A process is set in motion that should offer an opportunity to examine some of the critical issues that face our public schools, before voting for a person to fill these positions.

Instead, it appears in too many places that it’s as if someone clicked a switch that turned on the machinery and it begins to run all by itself. Questioning, not allowed?

This process occurs against the backdrop of a recent study by the National School Boards Association that concluded superintendents are not prepared for the job as presently defined. They were referring only to the legal and fiscal aspects of the job, exclusive of curriculum and teaching.

Preparation for school board members regarding their job is limited to a few hours of instruction, mainly about their legal, fiscal and procedural duties with little or no emphasis on curriculum and teaching, the heart of the school’s existence.

Compounding the problems relating to the selection of the best person for the job is often an unwillingness of leaders to divulge their personal views about what they look for in a candidate.

The machinery will run unchecked until the voters cut the switch and stop the process long enough to learn if decisions will be based on current knowledge of the school and its problems or on some other position.

If preparation is inadequate for the job of superintendent and school board members, voters could use the definitions of leadership types that Rensis Likert researched. (Google it.)

Get informed and vote. The voters better hope these new leaders are open to learning and willing to openly address bullying, test scores and other real problems in schools.

ROBERT ARNOLD

Willsboro

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