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Editorial: Get Involved

When there is a presidential election, there is usually a “buzz” about it. Folks seem to get excited about national, state and even county elections. However, when it comes to local politics, particularly school issues, the interest level seems to be one of apathy. Many complain about school taxes, but it seems that few actually attend their school board meetings and participate in them. This is perplexing as school boards and the budgets they pass often have the greatest impact of property taxes as well as the quality of education afforded to children.

Members of the Farmingdale School Board have been asking for more members of the community to attend meeting. Their desire to have a larger audience is quite commendable as it shows a level of transparency, which residents of other school districts have complained about not having. However, board meetings are usually not well attended.

Community members should make an effort to attend these meetings. A larger crowd would send a message that Farmingdale residents cares about what happens in the schools.