Last week wrapped up a seven-year run for me as a reporter at the Oregon Observer. As I’ve informed people in recent weeks that I’d be leaving this job, a lot of them have slapped me on the back and joked, “Hey, no more school board meetings!”
It’s a fair point. Since 2006, my primary “beat” at this paper and its sister publication in Verona has been school news. I’ve probably averaged more than 40 school board meetings a year, almost all on Monday nights.
But to be honest – and I can’t believe I’m saying this – I’m actually going to miss those meetings.
No, it’s not Monday Night Football. But at its most basic level, consider what it is: Seven people – elected by you, paid next to nothing – gather for hours to debate what is best for the kids in their community.
That’s actually a hell of a thing to watch.