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School board work is team work

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By The Staff

It’s been years since I’ve tried to set anything down into print, but when Jeff Moreland agreed to let me submit a guest column, I couldn’t resist taking a shot at it; good publicity’s been hard to come by this summer. Jeff wastes a lot of ink on his headlines, but he’s a fair man, he prints a factual story, and he has never misquoted anything I told him. So with apologies to all the English teachers in the Washington County schools, and the help of my daughter and her laptop, I’ll give it a try.

I spent my younger years in the tobacco and hay fields within sight of Lincoln Homestead Golf Course. While my brothers and I tossed tobacco and hay on wagons in the hot sun, I wondered why anyone would be out in the same conditions, chasing a ball around what was once my dad’s sheep pasture. As the years have gone by, I’ve come to appreciate the game, and though I don’t play, watching it on TV is my favorite way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon. So it was with great anticipation that I looked forward to the Ryder Cup coming to a golf course in our own state and like many, was disappointed when Tiger Woods announced he wouldn’t be playing.

As the US team played their way to victory without the world’s greatest golfer on the team, sports casters and writers began to comment on how competitive the US team was. At some point, a columnist put it in print; perhaps the worlds’ greatest golfer was not the greatest teammate. All of us have seen examples of this in our daily lives, from our children’s sports teams to the civic groups and projects that we support.

Any working group bonds through adversity and tough decisions. In the past two and a half years, this board has renewed the late Larry Graves’ contract, interviewed and selected an interim Superintendent, Sonny Fentress, and finally, selected a new superintendent, Rob Stafford.

In addition, we’ve hired a new architect to develop a master plan for the main campus of the district. We have also dealt with the toughest issue a board of education can face, closing a school. None of these decisions were reached easily, or without lively debate among board members. History has proven that group decisions are more near correct than individual ones. On Election Day we get to participate in a group decision-I urge you to take part in it-and remember, school board work is teamwork-not rocket science.