Transparency important for Potsdam school board candidate
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 1:17 pm

To the Editor

I ask for the support of the public in the upcoming election for Potsdam Central School Board of Education. My decision to run for the board made me contemplate why I believe it is such a worthy endeavor. I am passionate about education and believe the most significant thing adults can do for the next generation is to educate them. Then I wondered, what makes a person an effective Board member?

Over the 13 years that I served on the BOE in Potsdam, I learned many lessons. The Board must be transparent in its actions and discussions. This is the obligation owed to the public. The Board must be knowledgeable. This takes years of professional development.

The Board must also realize that it is representing the public’s interest - not their own interest or that of a family member. Additionally, the Board must foster a school climate that is conducive to learning. To that end, problems related to bullying, intimidation, and intolerance need to be a priority for any Board. Effective Board members also need to have the courage of their convictions and this is really an issue of character.

It has been said that men of genius are admired; men of wealth are envied; men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted. The public can trust me. It is the most significant thing I will bring to the table if re-elected.

Those interested in learning more about my positions can log on to: http://thissideofthetable.blogspot.com a blog to which I contribute with Sandra Morris.

Ann Carvill

Potsdam