Voting Makes a Difference
On Tuesday, February 10, Oklahomans have an opportunity to make a difference in their communities by voting in local school board elections.
Registered voters will decide which candidates will be the strongest representatives and select the best choices for the children in school districts across our state.
School board candidates should be willing to put the time and effort into being an effective member and their main concern is the academic success of each student in the district.
For more information on the qualifications, requirements or duties of a school board member, please visit the State Department of Education’s Web site at <www.sde.state.ok.us> or call (405) 521-3331.Elections for school board members usually take place on the second Tuesday of February and, if needed, run-off elections are held, the first Tuesday in April (April 7).
In order to cast a ballot, you must be a registered voter in Oklahoma.
There is still time to contact your county election board for more information on registration.
Being a school board member is both demanding and challenging.
Important, sometimes tough, decisions must be made on local policies that adhere to state and federal laws and directly impact boys and girls.
Members make decisions regarding personnel and how to best use local, state and federal funding for school operations.
Serving on a school board requires commitment and work to be effective.
Numerous meetings are held throughout the year and appearances requested at local school or community events, as well as meetings with citizens and
Voting is one of the single most important rights and privileges we have in America and one of our responsibilities as citizens in a democratic republic. By voting, we are able to express our individual opinions on important issues while also making a difference in our future.
Remember Oklahoma’s children and your community need your vote, Feb. 10, 2009.