On May 20, voters in the Springville School District will elect three people to serve on the board of education. This is an important vote and it is exciting to see so many candidates vying to serve on the board.
In addition to voting for school board leaders, voters will see a proposition to expand the size of our school board. I am writing to encourage residents to vote YES to increase the board from five to seven members. I believe that a seven members board is better for our students our schools and our community.
Our district covers a huge geography. A seven member board would better represent the diverse interests and backgrounds of the people of our district. Given the seriousness of the issues that the board is responsible for, I think that five opinions is too few. Increasing the size of the board certainly makes deliberation messier, but that is the cost of having a robust democracy. Lastly, school board members receive no financial compensation for their service and an expanded board would have no financial impact on our school budget.
A second proposition related to the school board will also appear on May 20. This proposition is to increase the length of a board member from three to five years. Here, I agree with the sentiment of a letter in last week’s Journal. A five-year term is a hindrance to getting new people involved in the board. Three years is a good amount of time to learn the job, make an impact and go back and ask the voters for another round.
Give yourself a bigger voice. Vote YES to a seven member board, vote NO to five-year terms.