The Dickson County School Board took a stand against any legislative proposals for vouchers or charter schools that will take away public school funding or to return to a popularly elected school superintendent. At last week’s meeting, board members unanimously approved three resolutions expressing their sentiments to be forwarded to the county’s legislators in anticipation of issues coming up when the General Assembly convenes in January. The issues were among several potential legislative debates presented last month by Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks. In a resolution on the issue of vouchers, the board says it is opposed to any legislation that “would divert money intended for public education to private schools.” The resolution says vouchers are an ineffective use of taxpayers’ money because it forces citizens to support two educational systems, including private schools that are not accountable to taxpayers. The resolution opposing charter schools also opposes taking public education money but also says charter schools should be under the control of local school boards. Metro Nashville is facing the loss of more than $3 million in state funds over the school board’s refusal to approve a charter school. The third resolution says the appointment of school directors provides greater flexibility for local school boards in choosing the leadership of school systems and makes the director accountable to the board. It encourages legislators to “place the interest of students above any other by recognizing the value of appointed superintendents and rejecting any attempt to revert to superintendent elections.” Dickson County voters approved changing to an elected superintendent in 1984, but the Education Improvement Act of 1992 changed to an appointed director hired by the school board. The resolutions will be sent to state Representative David Shepard, Representative-elect Mary Littleton and Senator Jim Summerville before the General Assembly reconvenes Jan. 8.