A recent poll conducted to measure citizen satisfaction with the current Kansas City school board showed a substantial majority disapproves of the way the board handles issues and supports changing from the current elected board to an appointed board (3/5, Local). I share these sentiments and hope our legislators in Jefferson City will vote for legislation needed to empower Kansas City citizens to petition for an election to vote for an appointed board.
Opponents of this effort suggest that would take power from the community. This is far from the truth, since the community would have the opportunity to vote for this change and the committee appointing the board would be a cross section of education, community and civic leaders. In reality, only about 8 percent of the community votes in board elections, and many of the spots are filled by people running unopposed.
We desperately need to bring a new level of professionalism to the school board. The most effective way to get that done is with appointed members. The plight of the schools affects all of us, so I urge every citizen to let their legislators know they support this effort.
We cannot wait any longer for positive change.