The lead story in Sunday’s Star-Ledger is a discourse on how a single issue can dominate a school board election. The article spotlights perfectly why I’m so against an elected board.

Once the novelty of the change wears off there will be a paucity of candidates willing to conduct a campaign, there will be single-issue candidates who run because they’re angry about something, there will be a woefully uninformed electorate voting on candidates and bond issues and there will be PAC money, mostly right-wing, funneled into the elections. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to get a balance of skillsets on the board and there will be no way to ensure a racial balance on the board. I keep hearing that Montclair is "different" and our "progressive" and "informed" electorate will behave differently than most districts. Sorry, no, Montclair isn’t that different. Advocating for the election of school board members and a popular vote on bond issues is a noble theory, but in this case, it is dangerously naïve and will have negative repercussions for the district and its children.

David Grill

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