Letter to the Editor: Board of Education needs hard-working board members

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Dear Editor and Moffat County Community:

As any current school board member will tell you, school board service is much broader, much more challenging — and even much more rewarding — than solving a single problem. My understanding of the “risk–reward” pattern was solidified soon after I assumed a seat on the Board of Education. As a member of one of the community education support groups, it has become clearer that we need the entire community to join together in order to educate our youth.

The recently established community groups, which have organized in Moffat County, are powerful partners. Friends of Moffat County Education ably and generously engages in philanthropic giving and has contributed directly and often to high priority educational programs. The Bulldog Booster Club has masterfully renewed and refocused community support for quality student activities and athletics. And I am a proud member of the Maximum Commitment to Excellence Committee, which is a business roundtable and community leader group operating to help realize our common, overarching mission of accomplishing and sustaining excellence.

These community groups are committed to balance the complex set of community values that effect education and have become inextricably linked to the work of the Board of Education and wider school community. They have become willing listeners, strong collaborators and active partners, as they daily perform to support the District’s most important endeavors — teachers teaching and students learning. A successful Board of Education team member will embrace and support the work of these groups.

In my two years of service on the Moffat County School District Board of Education, I learned quickly that true contribution requires ample amounts of dedication, commitment and time. No longer is it reasonable to expect board service to take only one night per month. Public education has become far too complex, and community expectations far too great, for the leisurely pace of yesteryear. Individual board members say they can easily spend 45 hours per month on school issues: staying abreast of legislation, attending regular board meetings, work sessions and community meetings — not to mention personal phone calls and other contacts made. But most will say it’s time well spent.

Serving on a local school board can be one of the most rewarding challenges any citizen could hope for. The system works best when able and committed people step forward and serve their communities. If ever there was a time when quality leadership was needed, it is now.

Please read the official notice in today’s newspaper and, if you qualify, consider becoming a candidate for a seat on the Moffat County School Board of Education.

J.B. Chapman, Member

Moffat County Board Of Education

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