After last month's round of local school board elections, there have been numerous editorial comments and letters relating what happened. Here is another point of view with, perhaps, a broader perspective.
The election of teachers to serve on school boards has brought reactions ranging from the "fox-in-the-henhouse" concept to "the community has expressed its confidence in educators serving as policy makers."
As a superintendent for the past 20 years, my concern does not focus on whether or not teachers serve on school boards. My concern is with the community apathy that allows 10% of the voters to decide who will provide the leadership for its most important local institution.
A voter turnout of 10% allows any organized group to dominate an election. When this happens we are in danger of allowing the governance of our public schools to fall into the hands of extremist groups that can promote a point of view that would never be accepted by the majority of the community.