School board needs some backbone


Published: Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 9:29 p.m.
For all of the 24 years that I have lived in Gainesville, I have wondered at the gutless school boards that supposedly are in charge of our public education system. Time and again they fall back on "we only set policy" when confronted with any controversial issue vital to the operation of the schools they supposedly direct. They repeatedly demonstrate this attitude each time board member Eileen Roy questions operations of the system. She speaks on behalf of the voters who elected her. This is how democracy is supposed to work.
I also wonder about the rest of the board automatically agreeing with the superintendent on any and all issues. Has nobody every told them that one of their prime duties is the hiring and firing of superintendents? He is not their boss.
The lack of civility among elected officials, be it in Congress or on local boards has become a national scandal. I trust the voters will correct the situation here in the next school board election.
Harriet Ludwig, Gainesville

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