So Long, Art
So the identity of the resigning school board member is out – President Art Smith. I’m kind of surprised since he just won re-election, but since he talked about health concerns in the story, I can’t argue with that.
I didn’t know what to think when Art and the Common Sense bloc won election to the board. I agreed with them on the need to quash the idea of building a new Washington Elementary at Moul Field, but know the dangers of school board candidate groups who seem focused on one issue. (Plus, I’m not Jim O’Connor’s biggest fan, but that’s a different story for a different day.)
Then I had a chance to spend some time with Art and superintendent Al Moyer in the fall of 2009 when we all took part in the high school’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street.” I realized that while I may never find myself on the same page with these guys on everything, they cared. Really cared and not just about their legacy. They cared about the kids, the perception of the district and the value of a Hanover education.
While I could certainly sit and quibble about certain things, I feel like the district has a much more positive vibe and credit Art with playing a key role in that change. I hope he gets his health in order and drives around town in his custom-orange Nighthawk car for years to come.