District proposal would change way board members are selected

The Nov. 4 general election is rapidly approaching. The ballot will contain not only the important races of governor, state and U.S. representatives, and state and U.S. senators, but it will also contain an important question for the voters of USD 410.

No doubt, this election could have a big impact on our schools.

The ballot will contain a question about the method of election and voting plan for the USD 410 Board of Education. Presently, board positions are separated into three member districts with two positions per district and one at-large position.

During elections, you vote for open positions within your member district. The ballot question asks you whether you want to change the board of education positions to all at-large positions with the opportunity to vote for all open positions during elections.

In each of the past two spring elections?April 2011 and April 2013?there were open positions on the USD 410 Board of Education that no candidate filed to fill. The board was forced to appoint members to these positions through an application and interview process.

The board believes moving to a seven-member at-large board of education will improve the chances of people filing for open positions on the board and being elected by the public rather than being appointed by the board.

There are many important considerations on the Nov. 4 ballot. Several of these will directly impact our public schools. Get out and vote so our voices can be heard. Only through that will we truly maintain President Lincoln?s vision, ??that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.?

?Steve P. Noble

Superintendent of schools

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