Voters will have a major role in county education issues in 1988.
One special issue likely to be before the voters will be whether the county superintendent of schools should be elected or appointed. That position currently is an elective post, but several grand juries and a recent citizens' Blue Ribbon Commission have recommended that the superintendent be appointed by the five elected members of the county Board of Education.
Board President Sheila Meyers has predicted that majority of the board will vote early in 1988 to have the issue placed before county voters. "It's too late for this to be on the June ballot, but it can be placed on the November general election ballot," she said.
Supporters of an appointed superintendent have said that better organization of the county Department of Education can be made if the superintendent is responsive to an elected board. But opponents of a change, including incumbent Supt. Robert Peterson, have said such a move would be taking power from the people.