"What I enjoyed the most was going to the schools and seeing the
children in action and knowing that what we did made a difference,"
Edey said she also appreciated her position of service, seeing to it
"that teachers had everything that they needed to do their job to the
best of their abilities.
"I hope I brought some heart back to Ocean View," Edey said. "I hope
there are people out there who feel I served them well because I tried
Kovach is proud to be leaving the board with class sizes reduced, a
stronger financial ground, a start on the middle school gyms and having
survived the "craziness with Wal-Mart."
Supt. Jim Tarwater said serving on the school board is a hefty
responsibility that Edey and Kovach tackled well.
"Both of those ladies made decisions based on children," Tarwater
said. "They believed in high accountability. They believed in providing a
good learning environment so all children can achieve and reach their
"Setting aside political issues and dealing with the heart of the
educational issues was what these women did as best they could," Tarwater
Kovach decided not to run because she plans to move to Long Beach
within the next few years. Although defeated in this month's election,
Edey said she may consider running again in two years.
Both women plan to continue working with children. Kovach is
considering doing some writing, going back to school and do some art. She
admits to doing her best work one on one and plans to stay in touch with
the district's children by volunteering in the classrooms.
Edey will continue her involvement with the instructional advisory
committee -- she's been attending the meetings for the last eight years.
"I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I stopped," Edey said. "I
care about instruction, curriculum and how it affects our kids. They all
are our kids."
Edey hopes to lend her voice and expertise at the community advisory
committee meetings at Spring View Middle School. She will also continue
teaching through the Meet the Masters art program.
"Peg is very student-centered," Trustee Carol Kanode said. "She was
really responsive to the community and had her heart in the right place.
I'm going to miss her."
The outgoing board members said they will miss the district.
"I'm very proud of our employees, from the man who fixes the
sprinklers up to the superintendent," Edey said. "They're all incredible
And Edey and Kovach have some advice for the new board members:
"The board worked to put the children first," Kovach said. "They need
to follow in that path, instead of looking at politics and what's best
for themselves. They need to make decisions of what's best for everyone."
Edey hopes the new board members will launch into their jobs with as
much conviction and courage as she did.
"You hold 10,000 children in your hands," Edey said. "I wish the new
trustees good luck and strong eyes, because they have a lot of reading to