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Why are so few willing to serve on school board?

The East Grand school board election came and went with little commotion.

It didn’t appear on the ballot and didn’t receive much of a mention in this newspaper until the night of the election when three unopposed candidates were sworn into office.

The school board election was officially canceled on Sept. 4 because only three people applied for the three open seats.

First, we would like to thank those three people for stepping forward.

As of Tuesday night, the newest members of the East Grand school board are Michael Thompson, who will be filling the District 1 seat vacated by Mark Bujanovich, Aimee Kroneberger, who will be filling the District 2 seat vacated by Pete Cross, and Melissa Quinn, who will be filling the District 5 seat vacated by Dick Zieff.

While we are grateful to those people who are willing to give of their time and their privacy to serve on our school board, we also have to ask, why was no one else willing to step forward?

Historically, this district has struggled to fill school board seats.

And, except when there is a hot button issue, school board meetings are usually empty ” save for school principals and a reporter from this newspaper.

Logically, this should not be the case.

The East Grand School District serves students in Hot Sulphur Springs, Grand Lake, Granby, Winter Park, Tabernash, Fraser and all the county in between.

And, within that coverage area, are taxpayers whose dollars are spent through decisions made by the school board. Within that coverage area are employers who rely on the education of the graduates from the school district. And, within that coverage area are countless parents who rely on the school board to make decisions in the best interest of their children.

Our local education is arguably the most important thing we cover at this newspaper because it affects every facet of this community ” from family life to our county’s economic foundation.

On one hand, we know that in a small community such as ours it can be personally difficult to put yourself in the crosshairs of the public spotlight. As soon as you take office, you are held to a different standard and those who hold you to that standard are not always kind with their measurements.

But, among all those who are willing to point fingers at the mistakes or ill-informed decisions of our local leaders, there must be someone willing to sit in the hot seat themselves.

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