Critical time for electing new board

Published 12:07 am Saturday, August 21, 2010

There has perhaps never been a more critical time than now for voters to be interested in and cast ballots in an election.

On Tuesday, some residents of the City of Andalusia – specifically those in Districts 1, 3 and 5 – will elect board members for the next four years. In Opp, residents in District 2 will make a similar decision.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few years, you are aware that schools have dealt with the effects of proration on their budgets. The state’s financial wizards say the FY 2011 and 2012 budgets will be even more difficult.

Therefore, the issues before these boards will be critical for the future of our school systems. In Andalusia, there is a thought that the board will be forced to ask for additional ad valorem taxes. Even if a referendum were approved, there would likely be the need for more cut before the funds could begin to be collected.

Standing for election takes courage. That so many credible candidates have volunteered to do so speaks volumes about the levels of concern for our schools. These people deserve the courtesy of your consideration, and your taking time to vote if you live in these districts.

If you’ve not been following the issues in this elections, profiles of the Andalusia candidates are available on our Web site. Take the time to study the candidates in your district and cast your vote on Tuesday.