Archive for Thursday, March 22, 2007

Letter: Vote in board elections

March 22, 2007

Please do not miss your opportunity to cast a very important vote for public education. Less than 10 percent of our registered voters participated in the Feb. 27 primary election.

The patrons of De Soto USD 232 will go to the polls April 3 to elect four members to the board of education. It is important to voice your opinion in this election by casting a vote for the candidate of your choice. Please do not leave it to a small percentage of voters.

Boards of education are a mature and tested institution in Kansas. School board members make policy; approve contracts with employees; choose curriculum; adopt budgets; and select a superintendent to administer the district. They do all these tasks with the emphasis on what's best for the children they serve. The decisions made by board members affect the quality of education, economic development and the future of all our communities.

Being an effective school board member is no easy task, particularly in today's climate of change and challenge. School board members need to be knowledgeable about many complex educational and social issues, and carry out initiatives and directives from both federal and state governments. To face these demands of governing our public schools, they give countless hours of personal time. They receive no compensation for their work.

Our public board of education is a legislative body of citizens elected locally by you and your neighbor. Kansas school boards consist of seven members who serve four-year terms of office. Through dedicated, responsible endeavors, school board members serve the public interest in public education -- and serve the needs of our children. They ensure that decisions about public schools are made as close to the needs of our communities as possible. Their public service is an excellent example for young and old alike of the tradition of volunteerism that is a hallmark of American society.

Election information along with contact information for all eight of our candidates can be located at www.jocoelection.org. Every registered voter in our district is eligible to vote for all four vacant positions. Your informed vote is critical to the democratic process at the local level.

Sharon Zoellner

De Soto USD 232 superintendent

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