Our local school districts must be functioning well — very well, based on the lack of candidates filing for the November election.
As of noon Monday, there weren’t enough candidates for a local school board race in any of the six districts.
Either it’s a lack of citizen interest in educational policy or satisfaction of the performance of our children in the classroom. Or a little of both.
Citizens must be satisfied in the Banta, Holt Union, Lammersville and New Jerusalem school districts. All the incumbents filed and are unopposed.
It’s slightly different in the Tracy Unified and Jefferson school districts. In Tracy, incumbent Gerry Machado is an assembly candidate, and former trustee Ted Guzman wants to fill that open seat. In Jefferson, incumbents Dan Wells and Todd Wetherell are on the ballot. Michelle Mercer isn’t seeking another four years on the school board, but newcomer Brian Jackman is.
Will someone else file papers by 5 p.m. Wednesday to make a race in the Tracy and Jefferson districts
Are we content with how our schools are running and being run
Perhaps, there will be disgruntled attitudes in some households today when the state’s Standardized Testing and Reporting scores are released. They’re the results from that week of classroom testing that our children endured last spring. The STAR scores, broken down by individual student, grade level, school, district and county, are vital indicators of student achievement in math, language arts and science in second- through 11th-grades.
Student achievement reflects on the performance of the teachers, administrators and school trustees. If teachers and administrators don’t perform well, they can be dismissed. Only voters can fire trustees. If no one opposes the incumbents in November, they have a mandate to continue education as is. Is that good enough for our children