Should school board elections be postponed?

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.

Truly,

Steve

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