Before summer’s fun, a time to focus on education

This week’s summer-like weather is a reminder that it’s nearly time for school to be out, our seasonal businesses to return to full-bore operation and vacationing families to arrive in our little slice of paradise. But we’d be remiss if we gave this last month or so of the school year short shrift, because it’s exactly the time of year when so many important things happen for our kids, their teachers and other school staff, from those final tests to getting in that last bit of knowledge to tide them over the summer to getting outside for some grade-A phys-ed in pleasant weather.

This week, in particular, there are serious school matters to consider, as the Indian River School District prepares to elect school board members to seats representing two districts. There are both incumbents and challengers in the mix for the May 12 election, and even an incumbent board member who was the subject of controversy over his views related to the district’s health curriculum but who is going unchallenged for a new five-year term on the board. The question of change, for the district, and its board, is on many minds. As is our practice, the Coastal Point has asked the three candidates for the local District 4 seat to answer a series of questions for our readers, so voters can make an educated choice at the polls. We hope you’ll read and consider them and, if you’re eligible, go cast a ballot on Tuesday.

And, in the wake of a brief low-level lockdown at IRSD schools early this week, we want to make sure to thank our school staff members and law enforcement officers for always striving to keep our children safe, even when we can’t be with them ourselves.

Finally, we want to congratulate Indian River High School agri-science teacher Jennifer Cordrey on being selected as the district’s Teacher of the Year. Her bosses, peers, parents and students have all sung her praises, but a teacher who so inspires her students deserves appreciation from society as a whole, and we’re happy to offer ours.