Not long ago serving on the District 91 public elementary school board was worthy, if not enthusiastically sought, community service. Elections were mostly uncontested. Candidates were recycled. The board was a dull stamp for an, at best, average school system.

Now, with the resignation of a valued member, the board chose a replacement and had four strong candidates to choose from. This is good news.

District 91 now has a strong, involved and vital board. They are pushing, they are leading a school district with genuine ambition and rising expectations. They hired a superintendent with ideas and ability and it has been satisfying to watch both the board and the administration work a full agenda.