BY CHRIS WILLIAMS
Community Relations Director, Davis School District
Recently there’s been a bit of discussion regarding the public’s access to school board members of the Davis School District.
If a “man-on-the-street” poll was taken regarding who represents you on the school board, bets are the vast majority couldn’t name their school board representative. That being the case, the same can probably be said for lots of elected officials who live within five to 10 minutes of our homes.
I’ve always wondered why more people don’t know who represents them closest to home – like city council members, county commissioners, or, for the purpose of this write-up, school board members.
Granted, the latest agenda may live up to a title some whimsically refer to as “bored meeting.” But local schools, the Davis School District and the school board turn to parents for lots of feedback – whether it be rating your child’s teacher, reviewing proposed textbook offerings, giving input on proposed school boundary changes or providing feedback on proposed school year calendars, for instance.
That being said, is a school board meeting the only avenue anyone can take to talk to these nameless, faceless folks – some who are accused of not listening and not wanting public feedback?
If I took a poll of all seven members of the Davis School Board, each one would say they expect to hear from the public and wish they heard from them more often. Gosh, they’re elected officials. They are in the public arena. They all knocked on doors before getting elected. They wanted to talk to you then, and they want to continue to hear from you now.
Each of them has an email and phone number. And here they are:
Ґ Tamara Lowe, president – 801-776-0870 –email@example.com
Ґ Burke Larsen, vice-president – 801-779-0124 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ґ Kathie Bone – 801-544-8611 – email@example.com
Ґ Peter Cannon – 801-447-9051 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ґ David Lovato – 801-771-0587 – email@example.com
Ґ Barbara Smith – 801-298-8628 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ґ Larry Smith – 801-295-8553 – email@example.com
Their photos, phone numbers and email addresses – as well as school board agendas and minutes of board workshop and board business meetings – have been online for years at davis.k12.ut.us. Maps of the geographical areas they represent are also there. And, as of Nov. 5, full audio recordings of those meetings have also been posted.
If there ever is a topic that interests you, and you can’t make it to a formal board meeting – which you are welcome to attend – by all means, call a board member; email them; maybe schedule a time when you can talk face-to-face.
And who knows, next time a “man-on-the street” interview takes place, you’ll say you not only know the name of your school board member, but you were also able to talk to them.