Three local have lined for a spot on the June 24 primary election ballot for a chance at the Morgan County School Board District 2 seat. Roland Haslam, Ted Taylor and incumbent Bruce A. Galbraith hope to fill the four-year position.
Both Taylor and Galbraith agree that the growth facing the school district is of utmost concern. Haslam was contacted for input in this article, but didn’t respond.
“The growth the county is seeing and will continue to see over the upcoming years is creating challenges with building needs and our finances to fund these buildings,” said Galbraith, who has lived in the county for 40 years. “As we continue to grow this will create more teaching positions and adding more high quality teachers is also challenging to fund.”
Taylor agreed that financing buildings and class sizes is a big issue, but added that common core, quality of education and building use are other big concerns for him.
“I oppose common core,” said Taylor, 62. “It is an unproven system with extreme data collection on students that is not justified or reasonable. Government should not collect data and make decisions for students that should be made between students and their parents. The family unit is best, not government.”
At the county Republican Party convention in April, school board candidates were asked about the amount of information the school board should make available to the public.
“Information is a key to having residents involved with schools and the decisions that are being made,” Taylor said. “There are several ways to obtain information. These methods include social media and well attended, effective meetings. We need to take advantage of the technology of today and obtain people’s ideas and support.”
Galbraith said in an effort to get parents and community members more involved, under his direction the board created special purpose committees including the Growth Task Force, Finance Advisory Committee, and other committees addressing transportation and safety, technology, district policies, and curriculum and instruction. He is the current chairman of the transportation committee.
Taylor applauds the involvement of community members in the growth task force.
“I would continue to work with this committee to create a plan and schedule for Morgan County and communicate that plan to the residents,” Taylor said.
Galbraith’s past political experience includes serving as the school board’s vice president for four years, current school board president for the last 18 months, Davis Applied Technology College board member for two years, president of the Morgan County Recreation Board for two years, and Weber County Disaster Planning Committee board member for three years.
“I have worked on many of the long range needs in the district. I have a strong desire to assist and will help make additional positive changes for our students, teachers and community,” Galbraith said. “We have the best students, teachers and parents in the state of Utah. They deserve the best.”
Galbraith said he chose to run for re-election to provide leadership and ideas for the vision and mission of the school district; help create student opportunities; give common-sense direction in the development of standards, assessments and accountability; build community relationships; and increase financial stability.
Taylor claims an extensive history in the county, having graduated from Morgan High School and lived in the county for 46 years. His mother, wife Debra, and six children all graduated from Morgan High.
“I appreciate what the community has done for our family and believe that serving on the school board will give me an opportunity to pay back a portion of what we have received,” Taylor said. “With many years in business, I have acquired the necessary skills to effectively serve the community. No one will work harder or be more dedicated than I will for the people in this county.”