Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Guthrie is good for the school board


    Steve Guthrie has given us wise and effective leadership as chairman of our school district’s board of trustees. Thrust into the chairmanship after only two years on the board, he has risen to the challenge and established a record to be proud of. He deserves to be re-elected for a second four-year term.
    School Board service may be the most challenging volunteer job in the valley. It is practically a full-time commitment. Steve manages this in addition to a demanding day job as security coordinator at Friedman Memorial Airport and a full family life. A former BCSD trustee once told me that it takes a conscientious trustee most of the first term to get fully up to speed; there is so much to learn and the issues are so complex.
    Steve is now a seasoned trustee, steeped in the issues and assured in his judgment. His gentle inclusive style has fostered cooperation, trust and mutual respect among the trustees. The next four years promise to be his best.
    There is a side of trustees’ work that we rarely think about: They are required to rule on major disciplinary cases where permanent expulsion is a possibility. These decisions can be life-changing for children and adolescents in serious trouble—tipping the scales toward a grim future, or toward a future with hope. Although these deliberations are confidential, echoes from the meetings indicate that Steve has shown deep humane concern for the lives of kids in trouble, that he has worked hard to structure “last chance” plans to turn around lives about to go off the rails. Survivors of that process have recognized Steve’s compassion. He is the kind of person we need to have leading those deliberations.
    For the sake of our community’s children, re-elect Steve Guthrie as trustee from Zone 2.


Lyman Drake lives in Ketchum.

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