Letter: Board should choose some new peopleDear Editor: With the recent resignation of Kevin Sampers, the ISD 196 School Board is currently taking applications to fill this soon to be vacated position.
With the recent resignation of Kevin Sampers, the ISD 196 School Board is currently taking applications to fill this soon to be vacated position. First, I would like to pass along my commendation to the Board for outlining and going through what so far appears to be a transparent process and also thank the Board for saving taxpayer money by not placing this item on a public ballot, as this position is for an interim period and the direct benefit of appointment in this circumstance outweighs the cost of a special election.
Further, I urge the Board to appoint a new face to the position. Too many times Board positions have served as launching or landing points for those with political agendas or those aspiring to other elected offices. By a new face, I mean someone who has never held elected office and someone who can contribute a unique vision to the community, undistorted by the power which a public microphone seems to often produce. The community no longer wants politicians acting as ISD 196 School Board members. Indeed, the community now demands that Board members be non-political and only be concerned with learning for our students, fairness to our teachers, fiscal prudence and service to the community. Our community will no longer tolerate individuals seeking a position on the Board who previously held elected office and/or using the seat as a stepping stone to another elected position. The School Board is not a microphone for individual members to make sound bites in hopes of securing a future elected position elsewhere; indeed such speeches need to be reserved for political stumping, not for the important business of maintaining excellence in our schools. I trust the Board will appoint a new face with new ideas, not a recycled individual hoping to gain a new toe-hold for their own personal political ascent. It is my hope that a new parent or immigrant, a financial strategist, a psychologist, a nurse, a scholar or someone with a unique characteristic would best fill the position, not a politician or someone who is only looking to increase his or hers visibility and abusing the position for the free marketing and public microphone provided.
James G Corrigan