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New law changing who serves on WCCC board

September 2, 2013

There could be extensive turnover ahead for the governing board of the Washington County Career Center due to a provision in Ohio’s biennial budget bill that changed who can serve and for how long....

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Sep-02-13 9:04 AM

I see this as a good thing. And not "understanding how schools work" might even be an asset.

Too often people who are in these positions are there for life, losing track of what is happening in the "real world". They don't know what is happening in the business sector. They also tend to feather their own nest. The goal then becomes what works for the school instead of what the local businesses need.

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Sep-02-13 12:50 PM

I don't think there is any way for a school board member of any kind to "feather his own nest," Voiceofreason1. The pay is minimal. I think if a law along these lines is to be enacted, then local school boards should also have some minimal requirements. Too often, board members are uneducated regarding school laws, current educational trends, etc. I think it is often the only position available in a rural area for someone who wants to be involved in politics. There ought to be more requirements than 'I was a student once!'

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Sep-02-13 1:53 PM

honestypays--you took me too literally. My mistake for not explaining more fully.

I disagree that there is no way to "feather the nest". I did not mean with money changing hands, altho I don't doubt that occurs.

What I meant was oftentimes these appointed-for-life people see only their own self-interest goals as the target. They become so deeply mired in the 'same ole, same ole' that they only do what the school (and the administrators) want. The don't have a business background yet are making decisions that impact the local businesses.

That's a flawed way of making important decisions. Kind of like letting someone who stayed at a Holiday Inn perform brain surgery when they don't have the credentials.

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Sep-03-13 11:27 AM

Both of the previous posters have valid points. The people who make up governing boards of any type should be people who have familiarity with what they're governing. Whether it's WCCS, City government appointees, Marietta City School District, Washington County Health Department, or anything else, the governing board should not be a political appointment, but one based upon qualifications.

The WCCS doesn't need teachers on the board. They need a governing board who works in industry day in and day out and who knows what is expected of workers. Industry doesn't tailor itself to meet education standards. Education need to be adjusted to meet the standards of industry.

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