Fellow citizens,

Over the past 15 years, I attended many school board meetings as a principal and superintendent and worked directly with many excellent school board members.

Board work is arduous and thankless and it takes a very dedicated individual to serve in this capacity. ...

But the most important trait defining great board members requires them to be “student centered.”

They must become familiar with special education, elementary and secondary best practices, technology, co-curricular activities, assessment, curriculum, staff development, facilities management, transportation and fiscal management.

Effective board members must ask the right questions, seek “out of the box” solutions, have the ability and willingness to make difficult choices, and be able to compromise.

For example, in Green Lake, board members must determine why some class sizes are not just small, but miniscule.

Further, is it good educational practice in 2011 to have students in a high school with fewer that 100 total students?

How can technology and cooperation with neighboring districts be used to foster more opportunities for each student?...

We live in an era where every governmental body must use resources prudently and efficiently.

The answer is less, not more. For this reason, school boards need members with backgrounds in business, employee management and current best educational practices. ...

The primary election is Feb. 15. It is important that everyone come to the polls and vote, or, if that’s not possible, vote by absentee ballot.

There are eight candidates for three positions on the board. Exercise your Constitutional right of freedom of expression. Join me at the polls.

— Nancy C. Burns

Retired Green Lake and West

Salem school district


Green Lake

To read the entire letter, see the Feb. 3, 2011 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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