05/08/14 10:00am

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Twenty-seven elected school board members represent residents of the five local districts.

They are charged with setting student performance standards, ratifying costly collective bargaining agreements and hiring well-paid superintendents.

The budgets they adopt make up about two-thirds of your overall tax bill.

Even though school board members are unpaid, they hold prestigious positions within their communities. Yet it appears few residents want that responsibility anymore.

Among school board members currently in office townwide, only seven were elected in contested races. Four times in the past three years, local school boards had more open seats than candidates on the ballot. This year, there are no races.

Why is this happening?