CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The most thankless job in government probably is to serve on a county school board. Pay is tiny, and abuse is enormous. When a board must close a school, parents and boosters rage. After the Kanawha board declined to name a new West Side school for a deceased principal, protests have ensued for months. Complaints of all sorts seem nonstop.
Amid such hassle, the current Kanawha board has done a solid, steady, commendable job of steering West Virginia's largest school system, which has 25,000 students in 70 schools, served by one of the largest bus fleets in America. It's a $237 million yearly operation, imposing heavy responsibility.
So we see no reason to change the five-member board. Jim Crawford and Robin Rector have performed well in this selfless role, alongside Pete Thaw, Bill Raglin and Becky Jordon.
In the May 8 primary -- for which early voting starts Wednesday -- Crawford and Rector are running for new terms. We endorse them and wish them success.
Other races on the primary ballot are for party nominations, with victors to face partisan opponents in the fall. But the school board election, being nonpartisan, is final. May 8 results are decisive. We hope those results favor Crawford and Rector.