The Gloucester City Board of Education is urging community residents to vote in the 2008 annual school election on Tuesday, April 15.
"The local School Board plays an essential role in the education that our children receive," said Ms. Louisa W. Llewellyn, Board President. "On April 15, voters will have the opportunity to select the men and women who will set the policies under which our community's schools will operate. Voters will also weigh in on the proposed school district budget.
"But citizens cannot be heard if they don't exercise their right to vote."
Ms. Llewellen explained the school board's "essential role" in education:
The local board of education sets policies in areas such as classroom instruction, student, discipline, and the use of school facilities. These policies guide the school administration in managing the educational program.
The school board approves the local district's proposed budget for presentation to the voters.
It negotiates employee contracts, and approves the hiring of teachers, administrators, and other staff.
Voters unable to go to the polls on April 15 may apply for absentee ballots, which are available at the county's clerk's office.
County clerks must receive mail applications by Tuesday, April 8.
In addition, voters have until 3 p.m. on April 14 to apply for absentee ballots mailed to all registered voters prior to the election.
"Local school board membership is an important public office – one that affects the quality of life in our community," said Ms. Llewellyn "I urge voters to make sure their voices are heard on April 15."