Putting behind the politics of election years and moving forward is a common theme of this particular editorial page lately. It should be a particular emphasis for those invested in our children’s education.
Two members of the St. Clair County Board of Education — Springville representative John DeGaris and At-Large member Angie Cobb — were sworn in at last week’s meeting, after winning reelection campaigns earlier this year. In the case of Cobb, she won two separate elections — in the Republican primary, and then again in the general election (David Countryman, of Steele, qualified to run as an independent).
After swearing his oath, DeGaris poked some of his political opponents at the meeting, noting that both “Mickey Mouse” and “Donald Duck” received write-in votes in the general election earlier this month.
Kidding aside, DeGaris also noted that some of the political fights linger long after the election ends.
“I find it mighty curious that candidates don’t have any trouble putting up signs, but it takes months, if not years, to get them down,” he said.
The challenge, then, for members of the BOE and the rest of the education community in the county, is to move forward.
The issues that surround the education of our children are unlikely to go anywhere anytime soon. There will still remain questions about the funding of education, the balancing of federal and state standards vs. the needs of the local system, and retaining the best teachers and school administrators.
These issues should not be specific to political interests. Adults may be in charge at the ballot box, but our BOE members run for office to serve our school children.
We wish them nothing but the best as they strive to do that over the next term.