To the Editor: Citizens encouraged to run for educational service center board
Written by Larry Tussing   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 08:38
I was elected to the Board of the Wood County Education Service Center in 2012. The board meets monthly at either 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon.  In January, I asked that the board move the meetings back so that I, along with the general public and ESC employees, would have an opportunity to attend. In fact, I made that same request in January of 2012 when I joined the board and again several times this year. They have refused to move the meeting time. My previous employer did allow me to attend most meetings in 2012. However, I started a new job this year and cannot leave work at 2:00 in the afternoon.
This board is not open to change and I believe intentionally wishes to prevent the conflict that could come from public participation during times of controversy.
This year three of the five board members are up for re-election.
This creates a unique opportunity. If all three seats are replaced, the newcomers will be the majority. Please note that this is not insignificant. As one of five, I had very little chance to make any meaningful impact. The other four board members have held these positions for many terms. They do not feel accountable and have been guaranteed re-election because no one runs against them. Even when they gave away over 1/2 million dollars to the previous superintendent, I was the only new person who ran.
They are sheltered by their mid-afternoon meetings and encouraged by their unchallenged elections.
It is a simple process to get on the ballot and the people at the election office are very friendly and helpful. The ESC board only meets once a month and you are paid $100 per meeting plus mileage. However, time is running out for anyone wishing to run for public office. The deadline for filing for this board during the next election is 8-7-2013. These are four year terms, so this opportunity will quickly be gone FOR FOUR YEARS.
While I have only mentioned the meeting time problem, there are other more serious issues that led me to write this letter.   However, a letter to the editor is not the proper venue to discuss these issues.
Please be someone who decides to make a difference.  Please be someone who actually runs for public office!
Larry Tussing
WCESC Board Member

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