Controversy breeds interest, which may by why there is a field of six strong candidates for three seats on the El Centro Elementary School District board.
The district's protracted contract dispute, which ended earlier this year after months of ugly brawling, certainly brought district issues to the forefront in the Imperial Valley. And with contract talks to start again soon, things again may heat up in the ECESD.
There are other issues in the district, such as new reading and math programs and standardized test scores that are on an upward swing but still need to get higher, yet the contract dispute left scars in the district that may not have healed for all.
That is why we are endorsing Sedalia Sanders for the one two-year seat on the board. Sanders, a longtime El Centro city councilwoman and community, regional and statewide leader, has a deserved reputation for being a calming and measured presence in the public sector. Such a presence is needed on the board, particularly with contract negotiations again on the horizon. Her opponent, incumbent Janie Marlborough, seems to have not fully put the contract dispute behind her, which is too bad because she has much to offer the district and the community.