Do you know what happens in Boise a week from Tuesday, just as we all settle into fall's unofficial start the day after Labor Day? That's right: We elect three members of the Boise School Board of Trustees. The candidates are Jeff Almeida, Nancy Gregory, Derick O'Neill, and Janet Orndorff . You sure wouldn't know this election is at hand, would you? No signs, no mailings nor lit drops that I've seen, and the only campaign info I could find online is linked above.
The school district does have a little information posted on its website, including polling locations for the September 2 election (most elementary schools, Hillside and Riverglen junior highs, Capital and Timberline high schools), plus a PDF absentee ballot request form. Early voting has begun and is available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Road.
I applaud Jeff for running and giving people a choice. Had he not filed at the last minute at the urging of other parents, we would have re-elected the three incumbents without any debate or discussion over the district's priorities. Heck, without a public candidate forum of any kind (what's up with that?!), we may still do so. I'll be voting for Jeff because I know him, he currently has a child in the district, and he seems dedicated to being sure that Boise retains its record of excellent schools that challenge our children.
Speaking of stealth elections, the Boise Guardian had a good piece earlier this week on how young politicos might want to consider running for the upcoming College of Western Idaho trustee elections. The filing deadline for that position is September 2, too, with balloting in November. Like the Boise school board, the CWI board is nonpartisan, but we need to be sure progressive people run for these positions - and win.