Voters in the Pasco School District face only one decision this year -- and it's an easy one.
In the lone contested race for the board, Ryan Brault is our hands-down choice. Few candidates come as fully prepared as Brault is for the office he's seeking.
That's not a jab at his opponent. In fact, four years ago, we recommended voters support Patrick McBurney Sr. for the Pasco School District.
We liked McBurney's ideas for improving Pasco schools and still do. For example, he wants to see more community involvement in education.
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He's right -- additional volunteers are needed to help fill the gap left by tighter school budgets.
But Brault is just as likely to offer innovative solutions. In addition, he already is heavily invested in the Pasco School District.
Brault's involvement hasn't gone unrecognized. His efforts on behalf of the district earned him the Community Leadership Award from the South Eastern Washington Association of School Administrators and the Pride of Pasco Award from the Pasco School District.
The accolades are the result of a lot of work, all of which will help make Brault a better school board member.
His contributions include serving on the Multi-Track Year-Round Task Force and the Pasco Vocational Building Committee, which oversees the home construction project completed by high school students each year.
He also has been active in PEAK! (Partners in Educating All Kids) which taps members of the business community to volunteer in Pasco schools.
His lengthy list of endorsements include four past school board presidents -- John Hergert, Jean Ryckman, Saul Martinez and Ricardo Espinoza. Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins and former Mayor Joyce Olson also are on the list.
It's easy to see why.
He has a strong opponent in McBurney, but Brault's demonstrated commitment to Pasco schools has earned him a seat on the board.
The Herald editorial board recommends Ryan Brault for the Pasco School Board.