Now that we find ourselves hours away from this year’s election, I wanted to post a few final thoughts. I wish to thank everyone in advance who choose to consider these musings, and those who will be taking the time to vote tomorrow. You are making a positive difference, no matter if we agree or disagree.
By now, I am sure most have decided who they will vote for, and why, in the 2013 Octorara Area School Director Election. In case you haven’t, please keep in mind that local taxes and policies enacted by the School Board affect everyone. We do not need to agree on every issue, but ask yourself if we are on the same page with regards to the importance of critical matters: property taxes, debt, labor costs, academic performance, transparency.
At the end of the day, it should be the voters who decide where to put the District’s priorities, and to that end, voters are entitled to make an informed choice. You are entitled to know a candidate’s platform and vision for the District, before you vote, because his/her choices can affect everything from your child’s education to local economic development, and from home values to local job creation.
I believe my campaign has been able to inform citizens about topics the District has either down-played, white-washed, or simply ignored. I have placed facts, data, and statistics front-and-center that were in too few hands, and difficult to locate. I also put forth some common sense ideas for fixing our District’s crushing property taxes, improving academic performance, and providing transparency.
We must keep the spotlight on the District. We deserve more than we have been getting from our elected officials. They are the stewards of our tax dollars, entrusted to govern on behalf of the community, and mandated to provide proper oversight and accountability. Citizens must hold the School Board members accountable, because no one else will.
I envy the West Chester Area School District, and their vibrant political activity. West Chester promotes their elections, and encourages participation. As a result, they have 8 candidates on the ballot running for 4 seats, not to mention the various write-in candidates.
The WCASD PTO attempted to organize a Meet The Candidates Night, but was unsuccessful. However, they did have each School Director candidate (from the ballot) fill out a candidate questionnaire. As a result, every voter has the opportunity to know the platform and vision of each candidate.
The citizens of the Octorara Area deserve at least that much… don’t they?
The next cycle of School Director elections will be in 2015. We need citizens who are willing to tackle the tough issues facing our school district, and for them to become ready to run for School Director. We need School Directors who are willing to face the reality of high property taxes, low enrollment, poor academic performance, and government transparency. We need School Directors who realize they work for the students, parents, and citizens of this area, and not the Administration, the Teachers’ Union, or a special group of insiders.
Added: If you live in Parkesburg-South, Highland Twp or Londonderry, and need a ride to your election polling place, please message me your address and phone number. I’m happy to shuttle people.