Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Two minutes for boarding

Granted, it’s just a headline and something that doesn’t need to be driven into the ground with much fervor. But did anyone contemplate exactly why the city’s Board of Education are required to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to a private corporation, as stressed by this Saratogian article?

If members of the board are required to make a $265,000 payout to Quad/Graphics, then competition for seats isn’t likely to be steep during the next election cycle. There aren’t too many people who would willingly run for an unpaid position that entails financial liability for the district’s fiscal decisions.

While the prospect of linking personal finance to elected-position decision making is an interesting notion, it’s not likely to garner much community involvement in school district politics.

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