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Reader: Schools put activism above education

For the editor:

Nominations for the 2022 general election begin on December 6. Because school board seats are no longer nonpartisan, those interested in running for a school board must apply between Dec. 6 and Dec. 17 for the March primary. Although citizens vote for many candidates, be aware of what school board members are authorized to oversee and what they have no control over.

Local school boards do not set or select the curriculum for their school system. The curriculum is chosen by the National Board of Education, whose members are appointed by the General Assembly. The North Carolina State Board of Education consists of the Lieutenant Governor, the State Treasurer, and 11 members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the General Assembly for terms of eight years (three generally eight from designated educational districts across the state) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

What is the role of the school board?

The role of the school board can be summarized in the following areas:

– Provide vision and direction to the school system

– Create policies in accordance with state law to establish standards, accountability, and evaluation of essential school district operations.

– Prepare the budget for presentation to the county commissioners

– Hire, support and evaluate the superintendent.

– Exercising judicial functions by holding hearings, if necessary.

– Defend the school district, staff, and especially students in all interactions with other government entities and the public.

There is a board member code of ethics and each board member must meet the legal requirement to receive a minimum of 12 hours of training per year. Training includes, but is not limited to, public school law, public school finances, and the duties and responsibilities of local school boards as well as state-required ethics training.

If you are truly interested in serving on the Mount Airy City Schools Board of Education and have a passion for our schools and our community, I urge you to make your interests known. Serving as an advocate for students in our school system can be very rewarding. Contact a current board member, attend monthly board meetings, and learn about current issues and concerns facing education in North Carolina.

You must reside in the city school district and district in which you are filing to present:

– District B (Mount Airy #2, #3 Voting Precincts), one seat

– District C (Mount Airy #4, #5 Voting Precincts), one seat

– District D (Mount Airy #6, #7 Voting Precincts), one seat

– At Large (All Mount Airy Voting Precincts), a seat

If you are genuinely interested in serving students in the City of Mount Airy Schools, contact an existing board member and research the responsibilities and significance of the position.

Wendy Carrier

Mount Airy