Anyone who questions the commitment that young people have to enhancing our society need only look at the recent election for a seat on the Watertown City School District Board of Education.
The race pitted a Sackets Harbor educator against a 2013 graduate of Watertown High School. Jeffrey A. Wekar edged 19-year-old Brendon L. Webb by 24 votes Tuesday during the local elections for school district budgets and board of education seats.
Mr. Wekar is a teacher and technology coordinator for Sackets Harbor Central School District. He is co-chairman of Sackets Harbor technology committee, has served on curriculum boards, and is the site administrator for delivering technology and training information from Boards of Cooperative Educational Services to teachers. With two children ages 5 and 7 attending schools in Watertown, Mr. Wekar should bring the views of parents to the school board.
The unique story of this election, however, is Mr. Webbs decision to run for the vacant seat and coming so close to winning. The 207-183 result shows that he effectively communicated his enthusiasm for the position.
Mr. Webb said he wanted to run for a school board seat since the first time he attended a meeting at Gouverneur Central School in 2011. He attended Gouverneur for his first two years of high school before transferring to Watertown. He is a year older than John W. Allen, a Belleville Henderson Central School District student who was elected to its Board of Education two years ago.
I decided I wanted to be a part of making childrens days a little better in school, Mr. Webb said in a Saturday story in the Watertown Daily Times. I feel like our generation has a lot to offer, and I want to get involved and be a part of the school. As a board member, I know you need to look not just one year down the road but look five to 10 years to keep programs.
While he came up short in his quest for a seat on the school board, Mr. Webb will no doubt learn much from his experience. More importantly, we can take confidence from his example that young people today are preparing themselves for future leadership. Mr. Webbs eagerness to contribute to our community bodes well for the north country, and we encourage other young people to follow suit.