Sun editorial: Cheers to the school board | SierraSun.com

Sun editorial: Cheers to the school board

Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; Weand#8217;d like to applaud the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board of trustees for finally sending the right message and adopting the nine tenets of civility as laid out in the regional Speak Your Peace campaign.

In November 2009, the board sent the wrong message to our community by not adopting the campaign, as some of its former board members apparently did not want to create a civil, comfortable environment for public discussion about local education issues.

Considering the drama surrounding the reconfiguration and trustee recall weighing hard on the board at the time, it missed an opportunity to create some positive news by adopting the campaign and proving to our readers that it believes in a pact that asks for residents and institutions to compose themselves responsibly in public.

Instead, the measure was tabled and never again addressed, a move that further diminished the credibility of the governing body in charge of managing the staff we trust to mold our children, the future leaders of this country.

But times have changed, and we have a brand-new board in place that appears to recognize the value behind the adoption of the campaign, and more so, the value of rallying in a unified community effort to endorse and practice the nine tenets of civility. Prior to the this monthand#8217;s adoption by the school board meeting, hundreds of Truckee/Tahoe residents and nearly every public body had adopted Speak Your Peace.

While itand#8217;s unfortunate and somewhat embarrassing it took more than a year for the school board to join in, we do applaud the new board for recognizing the importance of the campaign. Itand#8217;s still early in the year, but it so far, itand#8217;s been refreshing to see the new school board in action, and this monthand#8217;s adoption of Speak Your Peace is further proof it is headed in the right direction.