Seven or nine?

Come May 17, Jordan-Elbridge voters will decide whether to reduce the size of the school board from nine to seven. More than 50 residents signed a petition to put the proposition on the ballot. Brad Hamer, who resigned from J-E athletic director in February, filed the petition.

Hamer's wife Shannon told the Post-Standard:"A district the size of Jordan-Elbridge should not require the maximum number of members for efficient operation."

This may be true. But board member Michael Jorolemon made a strong case for keeping the number at nine. For one, board members volunteer, so there's no financial incentive for reducing the size of the board. Here's another point we find hard to refute:

"Having more members on the board increases the representation of the community as a whole."

Granted, the current board of nine has not represented the desires of the community (at least not the community that's been showing up to board meetings since September when Principal David Zehner was put on paid suspension).

Seven board members should provide enough variety to represent a community the size of J-E. But as of late, nine has not been enough. With tensions high and diverse community input a must, this is not the time to reduce the size of the board.

Keep in mind that the board reconfiguration would not go into effect until spring 2012.

Will J-E be ready for a smaller, more efficient board in 2012?

That's for you to decide May 17. Mark you calendars, and vote wisely.

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