After all the hand-wringing about who the District 96 school board would appoint to replace Lisa Gaynor and David Kodama, it appears that the two choices are people everyone can rally around.
Both Rich Regan and Juliet Boyd want the district to get its focus back on educating the district’s children. They were sworn in yesterday and got right to work, participating in a meeting of the board’s education committee.
Certainly, there’s a lot to do as the district pivots toward Common Core, and it’s a good sign that the board has sought people who are interested in getting D96 back on track with respect to curriculum and instruction.
That is not to minimize other issues the board is still trying to clean up in the wake of the departure of former Superintendent Jonathan Lamberson. We hope those issues will be dealt with swiftly and that the board can turn its full attention to the future.
One thing is abundantly clear: The campaign to elect candidates for three 4-year terms and one 2-year term is going to be a hot one, as it could result in another dramatic shift in the board’s majority.
However, the board needs to stay focused on its tasks as that unfolds and allow voters to decide for themselves what direction the district will take beginning next May.