The Eatonville School Board placed Proposition 2 on the Feb. 14 ballot because it decided that “qualified directors are hard to find” (board Resolution 595).
Proposition 2 radically changes the district from five to three directors from equal geographical areas and two at-large directors who, by law, could even be next-door neighbors.
This radical change could empower small interest groups from a specific geographic area of our diverse school district to gain control of the board by securing a voting majority through election or board appointment. A diverse school board reduces the risk of group-think and wrong-headed decisions that could be harmful to our community and children.
The right solution is for more citizens to step up to serve our excellent schools. Surely, within our diverse population of 9,244 folks over 18 years old, at least one civic-minded citizen will step forward in each of the five director districts who will give the children of their area an equal voice. Voters should reject Proposition 2.
(Arment is a former Eatonville school superintendent.)