Service on school board as important as ever, so please release meeting agendas earlier

e certainly appreciate the enormous challenges the Keystone Central School Board, district administration and staff face in working to provide a high quality, effective education for children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Balancing the needs of students — especially taking into consideration individual students — with taxpayers’ ability to afford school taxes is a very difficult and often-times unappreciated job when considering the varied interests and demands of parents, taxpayers and government.

Stepping forward to serve on the local school board is a volunteer service to be praised.

So we note that, of the nine members comprising the KC school board, four are up for election this year. They are:

Region II — Thomas Shafer is incumbent; region represents Lamar Township and Mill Hall Borough.

Region V — Albert Jones is incumbent; region represents Colebrook and Woodward Townships, and Lock Haven 1st Ward.

Region VII — Roger Elling is incumbent; region represents Lock Haven 4th and 5th Wards.

Region IX — James Knauff is uncumbent; region represents Chapman, Gallagher, Grugan, E. Keating, Leidy, Noyes, Renovo and South Renovo, plus Stewardson Township, Potter County.

All of those seats are for four-year terms.

Those seeking re-election or election have until the close of business this coming Tuesday, March 7, to submit their petition for nomination in the May 16 Primary Election.

Having said all of that, we would appreciate if the school board and Keystone administration would post their meeting agendas online at earlier.

For this past Thursday’s work session and voting meeting starting at 6:30 p.m., the agenda was not posted until 3:30 p.m. For Thursday’s finance and property committee meeting at 5 p.m., the agenda was not posted until 4:27 p.m.

These late postings of monthly meeting agendas has become practice.

We certainly understand there are usually last-minute agenda items to include, but it is — we believe — vitally important to allow taxpayers and the media sufficient time in advance of public meetings to access agenda information for the purpose of understanding the issues to be discussed, for reporting and transparency.