How Hartselle school board members are chosen is debated

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HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) - Hartselle city leaders are once again discussing changing the way their school board is chosen, and there's talk about possibly electing board members.

It's not the first time the subject has come up, and there are some people in hartselle who think it's a better plan than having board members appointed.

Hartselle City Councilman Kenny Thompson said he'll bring up the issue at Monday night's work session. He said there is a petition with 788 names on it that's been circulated around town recently.

"I'm a retired principal, and you know I worked most of my career with the elected school system and i haven't been able to tell a lot of difference between elected or appointed," Thompson said. "You know education begins and ends with the kids and the teachers and the parents."

Right now the City Council chooses board members. Thompson believes voters should be able to decide the matter.

WAFF 48 News asked Morgan County residents how they feel on the issue.

"It would depend on what the criteria was for them to have the opportunity to run," said Kim Decese. "But if they had some guidelines and some qualifications they had to meet, then I would prefer them to be elected."

"I'm an educator," said Wendy Swann. "And I've seen it both ways and I think we definitely need to stick with an appointed school board."

"Well, I figure they would do a better job if they were elected," said Bob Childers said. "That's my opinion. I don't know."

Whether voters will get the chance to vote on their school board will be decided by the City Council.

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