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Our View: A civics lesson

Record-Courier editorial

The judge didn’t want to do it, and we know Randy Green would be a dedicated school board member, but the law is the law and in this case, it’s right.

District Judge Michael Gibbons decided Friday that Green can’t legally teach for the Douglas County School District and serve on its governing board. The judge cited the 9,475 votes Green received and lamented overturning a decision made by the people, but he said there was no way to balance that vote with state law.

While the court decision may settle this case, there are some points that need to made.

First, this was never about whether Randy Green would do a fair job of serving on the school board. There are no doubts that he would, and that he would not have put his interest in pay raises and compensation above what’s best for the students.

Even so, laws have to be applied evenly, and allowing Green to serve would have meant that any other teacher or district employee could have that honor. And there’s no guarantee that those future office seekers would have Green’s integrity.

Second, Gibbons answered the questions that many have asked. It seemed inconsistent that a teacher could not serve on the school board, yet a teacher’s spouse could. Gibbons said it simply: other laws govern that situation. This case was about a teacher serving, and that was the focus of the decision.

For those who disagree, and think the entire policy needs a review, the state Legislature convenes Feb. 5 in Carson City. If you want a change, contact Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen, R-Minden, at 782-2334 or Assemblyman Lynn Hettrick, R-Gardnerville, at 265-6397.