The first Warren Local Board of Education meeting held this week after the fourth failure of a district bond issue got a little heated, with those on both sides of the issue still finding fault with each other.
Though the issue has failed and new schools won't be built tension is still high in the district, as related financial reductions are made, jobs are lost and some unwanted changes become inevitable.
We hope that all the passion for the school system and for education can be channeled in a more positive direction now that the election is over.
While the arguing that took place at recent meetings wasn't positive, the turnout at those meetings was.
Before the bond issue came before voters, there was little to no public turnout at board of education meetings. But since the heated campaigning on both sides began, meetings have been packed and residents have been vocal.
That's a good thing.
The public should give input to the district. What's important now is to make sure it's done in a civil, constructive manner. There's no need for personal attacks, to take sides or to dwell on the past.
The decision has been made, the cuts have been made and all that's left to do is move forward.
If all those people who fought so hard either for or against this election issue will keep fighting for what would benefit the children in the district, great things could be accomplished.
We hope people keep attending the meetings, keep their interest in Warren Local Schools but push past any animosity lingering over a nearly-split decision issue.