There’s an article in the Gazette today about school board elections. It’s interesting, because this has been a hot topic among school board commissioners that I know for many months now.
The feeling “on the inside” is that it’s pretty much a sure bet that they will be postponed, and somehow twinned with municipalities.
Should they be? I don’t think so. I worry about twinning. Using my ward, and it’s not the biggest ward by a long shot, it will make the election a lot more expensive. Many *many* more voting stations, and each one comes with a cost.
Personally, I would like to see an election come a lot sooner, in the interests of change and progress. I know a number of people who are anxious for the coming elections.
As regards voter turnout, I am just not too sure that this is going to a make great difference. As far as I am concerned, the entire system of governance needs an overhaul. Does that mean that we need to get rid of school boards altogether? No – that would be even worse. We need a real and public debate about the role of school boards; what it is today and what it could be tomorrow.