School board members are not kings, queens


I wonder why our school board has so many secret sessions. Do they hope us dumb taxpayers will not ask questions concerning their top-secret meetings? I didn't have that many secret meetings when I was in the Air Force. This board has shown they were nothing but a rubber stamp for the former school superintendent. Now that he is gone, maybe his board needs to go also. But that is up to the people of Sumter in the next election.

But going forward, I have a few things maybe the board should consider; this is not your kingdom. Be truly open when spending our tax dollars. Refusing to vote on an issue is the coward's way out. If you disagree or don't understand an issue, vote no. Do not be afraid to ask why are we doing this? What are the benefits if we do or don't do this? What is the problem with the way we are now doing it? How much will it cost? Why do we need to hide this from the public? And the most important question, who benefits the most from this action? Our students or staff.

We did not vote kings or queens into this office. You are public servants. It is not your job to prepare for a higher elected position. Nor to make you a household name. And finally, to all public officials, the FBI has a very aggressive public corruption section. That little bit of extra money or power is not worth your name ending up on the front page of The Sumter Item for all to read as you go to federal court to defend yourself. Jesus said in Matthew 20:26-27, " ... whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister (servant); And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant."