Friday, May 15, 2009

Decision time

Heads up, Blaine County voters.

There's an election for two seats on the Blaine County School Board on Tuesday.

For the first time in many years, three candidates for election are challenging two incumbents.

All but one, who was out of town on a vacation scheduled before challengers had filed, faced off in a forum conducted by the newspaper this week. Interviews also are available at

Education is the single most important—and most expensive—thing any community provides for younger generations. Every American's life and the future of the nation depend on delivering quality education to the young.

That's why good election debates and discussions about where the Blaine County School District is headed are vital. No organization can run successfully on autopilot without rethinking or reinventing itself periodically.

Parents and residents of the Wood River Valley should be grateful to the candidates for offering to devote themselves to shaping education to serve the diverse needs of students and families.

School patrons are clearly concerned about how the district will balance resources, financial and human, as it moves to install an International Baccalaureate program at Wood River High School and to address expansion of dual-immersion language programs.

Some concern also centers on changes the board could make to open its proceedings more to parents and patrons.

All candidates want to give kids the best education possible. It's now up to the voters to decide who may serve.

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