Who should serve on a Board of education?

Some people say that the board should be made up only of parents with children in the school system. But residents who have no children in our schools pay taxes too and those tax dollars support the schools. Our schools also support the town and the property values for all residents. All stakeholders deserve a voice because they have an interest in insuring our schools remain excellent too.
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Some people say that the board should be made up only of parents with children in the school system.  But residents who have no children in our schools pay taxes too and those tax dollars support the schools. Our schools also support the town and the property values for all residents. All stakeholders deserve a voice because they have an interest in insuring our schools remain excellent too.

Montville Township enjoys a diverse community of residents allowing for a chorus of voices in our schools and on our Board of Education. 

Our current board represents a diversity of parents in the community.  Three of our board members have children in the school system, including candidate David Modrak; one member, candidate Charlie Grau, has grandchildren in the school system; the children of four members, including candidates Charlie Grau and Karen Cortellino, have matriculated through the school system; and one member does not yet have children.

This breadth of knowledge is critical. Stacking the board in favor of, for instance, only parents with kids in the elementary schools, or only parents from one part of town, would be unfair to everyone and cut off valuable information about how other parts of the school system function.

Besides representing a cross section of the community, a board should have a mix of experienced and inexperienced board members.  Our current board has several members with less than 4 years experience, while several members have greater than 14 years experience. This allows members with less experience to learn from the more experienced members and maintain an institutional memory and consistency in governance.

Other important facets of an effective board member are his/her willingness to learn about their role on the board, adhere to the guidance on their roles, and commit to continuing professional development.  Studies have shown that good school districts are led by effective boards that strictly adhere to their assigned role, without meddling in the day-to-day affairs of the school district. (See our information piece, “What Does A School Board Actually Do?”)

There are multiple ways for parents to contribute to the ongoing success of the Montville school district outside of being school board members.  We encourage all parents to join their child’s school’s PTC/PTA and take an active role in their child’s education.

Grau, Cortellino, and Modrak are delivering the quality education that this town demands.

Please visit us at Vision4Montville.com, or email at campaign@vision4montville.com.

Let’s keep Montville at the top.  Vote on November 2nd.

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