Commentary by Larry Lannan
Election day is only three weeks away. With all the attention heaped on the Fishers transition from a town to a city, don’t forget about a very important local election on Nov. 4 for Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) School Board.
There are four seats up for election. In two districts, the candidates are unopposed. There are election races in the remaining two districts.
Mathew Burke in District 1 and incumbent board member John DeLucia in District 2 are both unopposed.
In District 3, incumbent Katrina Hockemyer is seeking her third term on the board. She faces two challengers, Matt Stolle and Michelle Fullhart.
Incumbent board member Ron Wilson is running for another term in District 4. He faces challenger Terry Tolle.
With no high profile election at the state level, such as a U.S. Senate race, there are fears of another low turnout election day. Voters in Fishers should look carefully at the HSE school board contests.
Ask any real estate agent or economic development professional how Fishers is sold as a residential or commercial destination. The quality of the schools is right at the top of the list.
HSE Schools have produced very high marks in just about any way school performance can be measured. Students going on to college have told me some of their high school classes were more difficult than college classes in the same subject.
HSE Schools will face a number of challenges to maintain its high performance standards achieved in the past. The board is in the process of hiring a new permanent superintendent to replace Dr. Brian Smith. The new Senior Academies at each high school (recently renamed college career academies) are scheduled to open in August, 2015.
The board is now in the middle of a redistricting process for schools kindergarten through eighth grade. That work should be completed by mid-December.
There are many important decisions made by the local school board. The HSE School Board election merits your attention.
Most importantly, you need to take the time and effort Nov. 4 to vote for the candidate you believe will best make the right decisions for the local schools.
Even if you have no children in school, a high performing school system is paramount for your community’s reputation, not to mention your property values.
There are many reasons to vote three weeks from now. The school board election is one important reason.