School Board: Elected Or Appointed?

Parents and teachers in the Mishawaka school district say its time for change.

They say they are determined to get a school board that answers to the residents of the school district.

Ringing doorbells, pounding on doors and talking to the voters a group of Mishawaka school corporation residents say they will do what it takes to change the school board.

School Board member Jack Haughee says, “We've let too many political issues enter into the school board decisions and its time that that changes for the betterment of the kids.”

They are petitioning for a school board that is elected rather than appointed by the city council.

Community members say its time the school board answers directly to them.

“There’s the possibility of having six council men who would be appointing our school board members and not even live within the city of Mishawaka themselves,” says Karen Mowery, a former teacher.

Susan Moore, another concerned parent says, “I’m looking out for my children and I want the best for them.”

They'll need 5 thousand signatures by the 21st to meet their goal, judging by the responses they've had going door to door today, they say that wont be a problem.

“I’m feeling very optimistic at this point,” says Mowery.

Moore says, “We are a dedicated group and were motivated, and we have a lot of people pulling for us.”

Volunteers say they will get the job done pounding the pavement until they have the signatures they need.

Out of the 293 school corporations in Indiana, just 16 have appointed school boards.


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