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Editorial: Change involves action
WCN EditorialAugust 21, 2013 | 1,379 views | 1 comment
It is evident from the video of the Floresville Independent School District (ISD) board meeting on Aug. 6 that no members of the general public were present. Granted, it is summer, it was 102 degrees that day, and the meeting started at 6 p.m. But the board’s two main topics were the $28 million proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year and the second board member resignation in just a month.
In light of the questions raised over alleged high staff turnover and the abrupt departure of former Superintendent Jerry Lee Hunkapiller, one would think the outcry expressed by some in the comment threads on the Wilson County News’ website would manifest itself into people attending some meetings. Not in the Floresville ISD.
Actually, outside of staff members, parents of children receiving recognition, and our reporters, the board members usually are the only ones who attend these meetings. This is similar to most public meetings within this newspaper’s coverage area.
There is a sentiment shared by some in our community that as long as the “good ol’ boys” are in power, nothing will ever change. But all of our school boards, city councils, and county commissioners courts are elected by the people. If we want change, we have to get informed, get involved, and get to the polls. If we don’t, then we have only ourselves to blame when things continue to go wrong.
Last November, voters sent a clear message in the Floresville municipal election. As a result, a lot of skeletons are being found in the farthest reaches of the darkest closets, by leaders who actually care about the positions they’ve been chosen to hold. In May, voters in the La Vernia ISD turned their dissatisfaction with their board members into action, and four members were unseated.
And this November, Floresville ISD’s voters will have a chance to put their money where their mouths are. Two regular term and two unexpired term seats will be in play. School boards have seven members, so this represents a majority. If ever there were a time to effect change, this would be it.
But change won’t come by sitting at home, not going to the meetings, or gossiping about it the next day on Facebook or in your favorite eatery. Change involves action, the opposite of which is apathy.
So make the time to attend public meetings. Hold your elected representatives to task. Otherwise, when things go awry, you will have only yourself to blame.
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