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January 9, 2011
Salem News

Recognizes boards of education

To the editor:

Boards of Education are a mature and tested institution in Ohio. School board members make policy; approve contracts with employees; choose curriculum; adopt budgets; and select a superintendent, treasurer and a business manager to administer a district. They do all these tasks with the emphasis on what's best for the children they serve.

Being an effective school board member is no easy task, particularly in today's climate of change and challenge. School board members need to be knowledgeable about many complex educational and social issues, and carry out initiatives and directives from both federal and state governments. To face these demands of governing our public schools, they give countless hours of personal time.

A public board of education is a legislative body of citizens elected locally by their communities. Most Ohio school boards consist of five to seven members who serve four-year terms of office. Members usually are appointed for one-year terms representing their "home" districts. As co-partners with the General Assembly, which created boards of education, school board members are designated to carry out the constitutional mandate to administer the school system of each district.

Through dedicated, responsible endeavors, school board members serve the public interest in public education and serve the needs of our kids. They ensure decisions about public schools are made as close to the needs of our communities as possible. Their public service is an excellent example for young and old alike of the tradition of volunteerism that is a hallmark of American society.

This January, local communities are invited to honor the contributions and dedication of their local school board members those locally elected citizens who make decisions that affect, influence and direct the education of our youth.

Our school board is just one of 719 school boards across Ohio. Let's say "thank you" to those who participate in what is perhaps the purest form of grassroots democratic principles upon which our republic was founded.

Our school board members do make a difference in our community, for every child, every day.

TOM BRATTEN,

Superintendent,

Salem City Schools

Why aren't murders getting solved?

To the editor:

As 2010 ends and 2011 begins we can't help but notice and point out that there were 22 unsolved murders and three missing in Columbiana County at the beginning of the year-at the end of the year that number has not changed. No one was arrested or tried for any of these murders. The victims' families are just supposed to accept that your loved one lived in Columbiana County where murders don't get solved.

Just deal with it!

This is disgraceful!

How important are murders in Columbiana County? Obviously not top priority!

What do I want as Mike Williams' mom? I want you to start over and try try again to get justice. I will never give up hope!

SHIRLEY WINN,

Rock Hill, S.C.

(Mike Williams' mom)

 
 

 

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