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Superintendents Corner – Your invitation to serve

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It is difficult to imagine a position in the public sector that has a more profound impact on the future, or that is a better example of true volunteer citizen service, than that of a school board member.

Serving on a school board provides a unique opportunity to make a real difference—not only for the students now in school but also for many others who will follow.

A school board is made up of individual citizens just like you.

Members serve four-year terms that are staggered so seats don’t become open all at once. To run you have to be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the state, a resident of the district, a registered voter, and be eligible under the state constitution to be elected to public office.

The board meets once a month, usually on Tuesday evenings, in meetings that are open to the public. Individual board members also engage on district committees, participate in board member trainings, and visit schools and classrooms.

School board members are involved in policy making. They are the public overseers responsible for fiscal accountability.

Somewhere in between the agendas, public comment sessions and resolutions, school boards make many important decisions. They guide an effective and efficient organizational structure that allows administrators to manage the schools so that teachers can teach and students can learn.

Three of the five positions on the Morgan County School District Board of Education will be open in 2016. Filing dates begin on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, until March 17, 2016. Applications are available at the county clerk’s office.

Local school board elections are nonpartisan. If a position on the school board doesn’t appeal to you, there are other ways to serve.

If you are interested in running for partisan positions in local and state government, the lieutenant governor’s office will hold information sessions to help candidates and parties understand the new primary process in the following locations:  Dec. 9, from 5:30 -7 p.m. at the Weber County Government  Building located at 2380 Washington Blvd., Ogden; Dec. 10, from 5:30- 7 p.m. at the State Capitol Building located at 350 N. State Street, Suite 240, Salt Lake City.

There is a time and season for everything and maybe your time is now. Make public service a part of your resolution for 2016.

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