When it came time to choose those who will be entrusted with board seats on the Camdenton school board, voters put the Sturm und Drang of recent weeks behind them and made the right decision.
They decided, in short, to ignore the unfounded allegations of some anonymous dilatants and accept the idea that careful management directed by accredited professionals and overseen by reasonable members of the community will let the tradition of superior education in the district proceed.
The deconstructors were rebuffed in favor of two serious people who will do their best for students and taxpayers. Voters decided that a lot of empty noise is fun for a while but in the end the school board is a poor place for politically or personally motivated hijinx.
This will not be the end of deconstructionist obstruction on the school board. Once ignited, misplaced indignation is not easily suppressed. There deconstructionists on the board will not change their views and they don’t have to. The good news is that without a majority, perhaps the damage they do will be mitigated.
At the same time, voters approved a measure that will allow continued facility improvement at the school. While the three Rs are the real business of educators, it has been proved over time that modern, safe buildings are assets to learning. The voters apparently believe, rightly, that the administration and the majority of the board are trustworthy guardians of public monies.
We hope administrators and educators will understand that while the storm remains on the horizon, the immediate squall has passed. Perhaps there will be a time of calm during which education can be done and job searches can be set aside. We fully understand their trepidation but believe the voters have given them a vote of confidence.