To the Editor:
It’s time for a change on the Edmond Board of Education. Edmond Public Schools Board of Education has shown signs of stress this past year as a result of strained communication between the board and the administration.
At the Board Member Forum on Feb. 2, our current District 2 board member stated very accurately what the mandated roles of a Board of Education member are in the State of Oklahoma. Unfortunately during her 10-year tenure, she has chosen to cross the lines of these mandates. Instead of acting as a board member only during official board functions, she has chosen to become involved individually with our schools and administrators, addressing issues as a single board member, rather than as the board in whole. While the intentions behind these actions may be good, and they may appear benevolent, taking actions in this manner puts our board and our school district at risk. Other districts in the U.S. have been in litigation on this matter and have risked losing their accreditation.
We are blessed to have one of the top school districts in the State of Oklahoma. Many of us purchased homes in the Edmond School District because we wanted the best public education we could provide for our children. In addition, our homes are valued higher because of the quality school district.
We have a choice on Feb. 14 to return our Board of Education to a state in which it is more effectively working in collaboration with the very qualified administration that we have in place today. With strong collaboration between the board and district administration, Edmond Public Schools will be able to compete at any level with any district in the State of Oklahoma.
It is important that your voice be heard on Feb. 14, regardless of whether or not you have children in school.
Join me in support of Steve Roy for Edmond School Board.
C.L. “Buck” Stewart
STEWART is a volunteer on the Steve Roy campaign.