01/24/2011: "School Board Recognition Month"
January is School Board Recognition Month in the state of Washington, coinciding with a nationwide effort to honor and underscore the important role of elected school board members in public education and student achievement.
The proclamation, issued by Gov. Chris Gregoire, notes that “school directors play a crucial role in promoting student learning and achievement by creating a vision, establishing policies and budgets, and setting clear standards of accountability for all involved.”
Sometimes things that seem like a really good idea in the future don’t seem like such a good idea in the present. Take for example the San Island School Board (Board) placing a “School Board Appreciation Celebration” on the agenda for January 26th, including the proclamation by the governor recognizing the event..
The timing may be seen as a little awkward for a Board celebration while calls from upset parents have ranged from talk of starting a petition of no-confidence, to suggestions the chair of the board -and even the whole board- be recalled, or at least voluntarily resign. (related story at left; "Controversy Continues Around School Board Action")
But regardless of the current problems, all elected and appointed officials who serve on boards deserve our thanks for stepping forward to do the job as they understand it, while we all understand there may be, from time-to-time some disagreement on what that job is; but that is of course why we have elections, and legal avenues, to resolve disagreements, even disagreeable ones.