Thanks to candidate Olga Butler for submitting her answer:
Question, "What do you think the job of a Board of Education member is?" Please address the following:
1. What power does the position convey?
2. What is the best use of that power?
3. To whom is the Board of Education member responsible?
As an elected official, a member of the Board of Education is accountable to the citizens of Howard County. Board members are responsible for establishing policies and procedures, which enhance the teaching and learning experience. In addition, they are to provide direct oversight of the school superintendent.
This is a very important position in that Board members hold the combined power to influence the current and future path of education in our public school system.
As a liaison between the children, parents, educators and the community, board members must be cognizant of the power of the position and use it to forge positive, healthy relationships amongst all stakeholders. Decisions and policies must be carefully thought out and collaboratively worked through to provide the best possible result.
The ability of a board member to listen, observe and respect the viewpoints of all while still maintaining focus on the children and their well being is essential. The quality of their education and experience in our school system lies in the hands of our elected board. Board members must remain informed, use common sense and exhibit patience and due diligence to ensure that every child is given equal opportunity to excel and succeed.
April 16, 2014 5:51 pm