There will be a run off for the Position 7 seat on the Vilonia Board of Education held today. The candidates are Gina McNew and Carey William Wells. McNew had the most votes at the September election with 166, a little more than 37 percent, of the vote. Wells had 148 votes and Kent Charles had 133. With less than 51 percent, the results ended in a run-off between McNew and Wells.
What Does the School Board Do?
The school board sets the vision for the school district.
The word “public” in public school refers to the fact that it is the citizens themselves who control the public schools. The way that is done is through school elections placing citizens in the school board seats to make informed decisions.
One of the most important thing a school board does is to establish a vision for the school district. In addition, the board has a wide variety of additional responsibilities including adopting a balanced annual budget and issuing interim financial reports, adopting the school calendar, negotiating contracts with employees, approving curriculum materials and constructing schools.
There are some many questions that a school board must ponder when trying to establish a vision such as a philosophy of education in the district and what students should know and be able to do when they graduate.
Whatever the vision may be, it’s up to the school superintendent to implement it. This is why one of the board’s most crucial decisions is the hiring of a superintendent. The board also reviews and approves the superintendent’s personnel recommendations.
School board meetings are open to the public with the agenda publicly posted in advance.