Serving On School Board Is A Thankless Job



Often we forget how “thankless” the job of being a school board member can be. Certainly, if a person has never been in that position, they have no idea how difficult the decisions are even in good economic times. When poor economic times present themselves, these decisions are magnified by enormous degrees.

I had the good fortune of serving on the Payson Unified School Board for two terms, which totals eight years. I can say without a doubt that the people who served on those four different school board combinations were outstanding community members who made the best decisions they could make, with the best interest of the students of the school district first and foremost in their minds. I have no reason to believe that the current school board is any different than the school boards of which I was a part.

I was often surprised by the question asked by those in the community, who wondered how much I was paid for my service. The answer to that question is $0. The answer remains the same today; as school board members are not paid a penny for their service to the community, contrary to most elected positions.

If any school board member has ever taken the job of being a school board member for the wrong reason that is unfortunate and unethical; but it is on their part. If that was to occur, the community should not be quick to “paint the entire school board with the same brush.”

It seems to come easy for many to second judge the decisions made by the school board; but in doing so, one would have needed to have access to all for the information presented and be well-versed in that information.

Furthermore, one must have also attended each and every school board meeting examining the facts as they unfolded.

I truly believe the current school board is doing just what the past school boards have done, and that is making the best decisions possible with the current information they have available to them for the best educational decisions for the youth of the community.

Don Engler


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