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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

School Board

It is less than a week until the primary so this is the first in a series of posts on the school board race.

The real decision in the primary is which ten out of the 14 candidate will make it onto the general election ballot. It is nearly certain that all of the candidates with big name IDs will make it through, so both incumbents and most likely everyone who has ran before, plus those spending serious money on the race like Cohen, Siddiqui, and Giles will all most-likely make it onto the general election ballot unless they are perceived by voters to have a major flaw (I will get to which candidates I think have major flaws in future posts over the next few days). Tomorrow and Friday I will discuss why two candidates with less money and less well-known names would be great additions to the Board of Education.

Before I get to those candidates in particular I would like to present for your consideration that with 5 of the 7 spots on the Board of Education up for election this year the best way to look at which candidates might be worthy of your vote might be which set of candidates contain people who each brings a particular element (whether knowledge set, priority set, or personality) that would either add something to the board or once on the board challenge the board to be better than it would be without that mix of people.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic somewhat, but since you were discussing school board matters, Merdon's $3.6 millon proposal to replace 12 high school fields with synthetic surfaces seems like a costly step in the wrong direction relative to preserving greenspace and habitat and wildlife foodchain members, avoiding urban heat island effect, and combatting global warming via natural grass field sequestration of greenhouse gases. I'd rather not have our money or school budgets taken to rip up good grassy fields and replace them with plastroturf. Yuck.

Instead, take the $3.6 million and convert some of the school roofs to green roofs. NYC has done it. Arlington, VA has done it. Why not HoCo?

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Houston's doing it, too.

10:21 PM  

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