In the latest in a long line of questionable decisions, the board in February has made one that really stands out: They voted to change their election cycle to line up with general elections. This means that instead of Jim Hoyt, Joyella Beuler, and Jim Oedekerk facing election in November of 2007, they will not need to campaign until 2008. In addition, board members Ingram and Brown will not need to worry about reelection until November of 2010. They stated that the reason for the change was financial, but could there be a more pressing reason for the change? How about the fact that they have been part of a very unsuccessful administration, and felt that postponing eventual defeat was the safest course?
The focus in public education so far this century has been "accountability." For public figures like our board members, elections are the ultimate in accountability. It is the time when the people either say "Yes, we believe you have done a good job" and they are reelected to serve another term, or the public says "No, we don't believe you have been effective" and officials are replaced. Our board has quite efficiently stalled this process for financial reasons alright - After all, now they get to keep their health benefits (a program that YCEA has fought to preserve over the last few years) a while longer.