Advocate editorial board opinion: School trustees did well in selecting replacement for District 1 seat

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Oct. 26, 2010 at 5:26 a.m.

We commend the Victoria school district board of trustees in its selection of the Rev. Kevin Van Hook to fill the District 1 vacancy on the school board left by the late James Murphy Sr.

We recall when the board voted to appoint from three prospects when board member Ray Walden announced he was resigning his position on the board of trustees. Then when appointment time came, board members balked at appointing any of the three nominees. One of those three, Michael DiSanto, was later elected to the position without opposition.

"That was a completely different situation. It was frustrating," Keeling said.

This time, the board worked together as a team to fill the empty seat. Partly, rules had to do with the expedient selection of Van Hook.

"We had to fill it within 120 days. The timing pushed us where there was not enough time to have an election," Keeling said.

Still, Keeling said she feels the board is working together well and is performing as a good team.

"We have mutual respect and are pulling together as a team even though we've had different ideas at times," Keeling said.

Requirements to be a school board member include being at least 18 years old, a registered voter and a resident of the district.

Keeling said after the basic requirements, each board member has personal criteria for appointing someone to fill a seat. In the case of District 1, the board had been asked to keep the position filled by an African American.

"I think that resonates," Keeling said. She added that Van Hook was very aware of what role a school board member should play, and that made the choice easy.

We agree. Van Hook is a great choice for the board, and school trustees should be praised for their teamwork and quick action on this important issue.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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