If you’ve been driving around any corner of our 25 square mile school district you’re seeing signs for the upcoming election. In my neighborhood there are signs for the Worthington Library, for Worthington City Council, for some Sharon Township positions, and of course, for the Worthington City School Board.
In Worthington we have four candidates that are running for three school board seats. Three of the candidates are incumbents: David Bressman, Jennifer Best and Marc Schare. One candidate, Sam Shim, is challenging for one of the three incumbent seats. (Click on the names of the school board candidates to read the article from the ThisWeek newspaper that details each candidate and their platform.)
In Ohio a school board sets educational goals and establishes policy for the school system based upon state laws and community values. Perhaps the most important responsibility of a school board is to employ a superintendent and treasurer and hold them responsible for managing the schools in accordance with the school board’s policies.
Board members make decisions on a wide range of issues, such as hiring and evaluating a superintendent and treasurer; setting district policy; planning student services; goal-setting and long-range planning; adopting curriculum; establishing budgets; engaging parents; being good fiscal stewards; acting in the best interest of the school district and within the scope of their legal authority; and creating community relations programs. A board member should be a skilled decision-maker; however, decisions are only made by the board as a whole at a public meeting.
Another important part of the board’s work is its public relations role. School board members help build public support and understanding of public education, and lead the public in demanding quality education. The school board serves as a link between schools and the public.
We’re really blessed in Worthington with strong school board leadership. In this race there are four strong candidates and most importantly from my perspective, four good, and well intentioned candidates. Each is passionate about Worthington and about strong public schools. However the race turns out, Worthington will be in good hands.
Please take a minute and read about the candidates so you can make an informed choice on November 5th. Leadership matters in a school district.
(Officially the Assistant Superintendent of Worthington Schools does not endorse any candidate for school board. Mostly because I’d like to stay employed and need to be able to tell whoever wins that I was rooting for them the entire time…that’s a joke…kind of…)