School boards fill invaluable role

Two members share thoughts on education

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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The Gravette Board of Education is an elected group of seven members. John Edwards (front, left) and board president Marion Harris, Jim Singleton (back, left), vice president Dan Yates, Jim Hendren, Jack Skillett and Danny Alsup.

The Gravette Board of Education is an elected group of seven members. John Edwards (front, left) and board president Marion Harris, Jim Singleton (back, left), vice president Dan Yates, Jim Hendren, Jack Skillett and Danny Alsup.

Are you interested in being a “director” for a $15,000,000 business/operation? At least one vacancy opens every year on a seven-member local board and the position is yours for the seeking.

Did I mention? It’s strictly a volunteer position. No salary. No expense account. But almost all the extra “ perks”are there: ringing telephones, settling disagreements, complying with hundreds of federal and state regulations and findingmoney for a $10 million annual payroll.

January has been the month to recognize that board, one of some 300 in the state. They are boards of education - those governing bodies that oversee school districts, large and small, made up of men and women who voluntarily hold in their hands the ...


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