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As pressure on schools mounts, jobs of school board members grow more important

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: November 25, 2012

Perhaps the most common misstep for a school board is forgetting that it is the boss of the superintendent — not the other way around. Lax or no oversight of the superintendent has landed many a school board in hot water in recent years.

Of course, the attentiveness of a school board depends largely on the candidates who run for open seats and the voters who go to the polls. The latter has gained attention at the Legislature in the past year.

The focus has been on whether moving the election date would generate better turnout. It's an idea worthy of continued discussion, but it ignores the challenging issue of attracting quality candidates and the value of political contests that ask and encourage voters to engage in the issues.

As the filing period draws near, we're hopeful a bevy of qualified candidates will step up and pursue open school board seats across the state. Students and taxpayers need representatives and advocates committed to the hard work of serving on a school board at a time when their role is vital.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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