EDITORIAL: Speak now or forever hear ‘I told you so’


‘MY TWO CENTS’ BY CHRIS FAULKNOR

The featured photo shows the Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education members and session leader Marck Eckhardt (at right) and two of the three members of the public who attended last week's meeting on the left side of the room. Photo by Chris Faulknor/Boyne City Gazette

The featured photo shows the Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education members and session leader Marck Eckhardt (at right) and two of the three members of the public who attended last week’s meeting on the left side of the room. Photo by Chris Faulknor/Boyne City Gazette

Three people showed up.

A meeting was held to determine what we, the community, want our new superintendent to look like.

It was a Wednesday night in the evening, and members of the school board as well as the gentleman leading the search, and three people from the community showed up.

One of those three is a local realtor as well as an active part of our school boosters program—a woman who had great opinions to share. Another was our Undersheriff, although he came as a parent with a child in our school system, and he’s a regular information-gatherer at school board meetings. The third works over at the Char-Em ISD.

In other words, three people who are already very active in our school system came to a meeting that involves the fate of around 1,100 current students, and many more for years to come.

I’m not normally one to get up on a soapbox, or at least I try to only do it when it counts. Having said that, however, seeing this was very disappointing for me.

I grew up in this school system. This is where I learned many of my basics that stick with me today. My memories of Boyne City Schools include hours of gym with Stephanie Moody, publishing my first “book” with Laura Houser in second grade, and working hard as part of the marching band, giving me the confidence to survive in this world, let alone start a business.

We have a great school system, and it’s something in our community that I can hang my hat on and be proud of. So, why aren’t more parents concerned about who the next leader of that system will be?

Is it truly that you fully trust your school board?

Well, I doubt it, because when they were looking at making cuts last spring, the meeting was standing room only—everyone came out of the woodwork then.

Guess what, everyone? The guy who recommends what to cut and what to keep—that’s the superintendent. The guy they’re looking to hire is the one who’s going to be leading the charge to decide which cuts may or may not be needed next time the coffers run short.

The bottom line is simple: decisions are made by those who show up.

This was your chance to be proactive in selecting the person who will make the decisions that matter to you most, rather than reactive in trying to intervene in a situation that concerns you.

Luckily, you have another shot. There is an area on the Boyne City Public Schools website that will allow you to hop on and say your piece.

Go to www.boyne.k12.mi.us and make sure your voice is heard.

What kind of superintendent do you want?

Do you want one who is great with kids?

Do you want one who can reach our teens?

How about someone who can count beans and handle money?

Someone who is active in the community?

The candidate might not be able to be every single one of these things and more, so you need to share what is most important to you and, more importantly, why.

I’d love to be able to look at each of you on the street and know you had a hand in picking an excellent leader of our school system.
But, in order for me to do that, you’ve gotta get online and do it first.

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