The decision to bring the legal proceeding over the Camdenton School District's internet filtering policy to a conclusion was a good one.
The school board was in a tough situation. The board was caught between a policy they considered appropriate and a lawsuit that was going to drain time, effort and money away from more important school issues. The outcome of litigation is never certain. The only certainty was that the problem was not going away.
In the end, concession was the better part of valor and we understand and agree with that decision.
What is harder to understand is the position of two outspoken members of the board. They appeard to have dug in for the long haul on the matter. Yet, when it came time to take a stand and vote on whether to settle out of court, they abstained.
Abstention can mean many things. It can mean that one does not know what to do. It can mean that one does not understand the issue at hand. It can mean that one does not have the intestinal fortitude to live up to their own rhetoric.
Level heads have been the norm on the Camdenton School Board for two decades. Solid leadership by competent administrators and committed board members have teamed up to build one of Missouri’s best schools. Students and taxpayers have been well served.
The abstainers represent a faction that demands government ‘transparency,’ yet they have declined to explain their decision not to make a decision. They were very loud running up to the decision and very quiet in the event.
The abstainers may represent a faction that will not be good for the school. School board membership is a serious responsibility. Members must be able to play as well as talk a good game.
Voters should think carefully about what direction they want their school to go. Do they want responsible board members who make the hard choices for the good of the school? Or do they prefer waves of hot air followed by timid