Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Guthrie is good for the school board


By LYMAN DRAKE

    Steve Guthrie has given us wise and effective leadership as chairman of our school district’s board of trustees. Thrust into the chairmanship after only two years on the board, he has risen to the challenge and established a record to be proud of. He deserves to be re-elected for a second four-year term.
    School Board service may be the most challenging volunteer job in the valley. It is practically a full-time commitment. Steve manages this in addition to a demanding day job as security coordinator at Friedman Memorial Airport and a full family life. A former BCSD trustee once told me that it takes a conscientious trustee most of the first term to get fully up to speed; there is so much to learn and the issues are so complex.
    Steve is now a seasoned trustee, steeped in the issues and assured in his judgment. His gentle inclusive style has fostered cooperation, trust and mutual respect among the trustees. The next four years promise to be his best.
    There is a side of trustees’ work that we rarely think about: They are required to rule on major disciplinary cases where permanent expulsion is a possibility. These decisions can be life-changing for children and adolescents in serious trouble—tipping the scales toward a grim future, or toward a future with hope. Although these deliberations are confidential, echoes from the meetings indicate that Steve has shown deep humane concern for the lives of kids in trouble, that he has worked hard to structure “last chance” plans to turn around lives about to go off the rails. Survivors of that process have recognized Steve’s compassion. He is the kind of person we need to have leading those deliberations.
    For the sake of our community’s children, re-elect Steve Guthrie as trustee from Zone 2.


 

Lyman Drake lives in Ketchum.




About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of mtexpress.com and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads





Copyright © 2014 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.