Oral Histories

Bill Meador

b.1933

Bill Meador

Q: During your time as superintendent, you worked with various school boards, I’m sure. Did you have basically a good relationship? Any problems along the way, major glitches? 

A: I think I was very fortunate in the fact that, living in Moab, we had balanced boards. When I’m saying balanced, that’s politically, religious background, etc. We really did have some awfully strong boards that understood the role of being policy makers as opposed to administrators. I never had a board that tried to be the administrator. Good policy boards. Some were stronger than others. And just some very good people that wanted the very best for the kids. I think I was extremely fortunate. I know I listened to horror stories told by superintendents of the pettiness of boards. It could be really bad. I was extremely fortunate during my tenure to work with some very good boards.

Q: During this time, were you involved with politics, clubs, other things around town, or was that pretty much the job.

A: The superintendency is extremely time consuming. I spent a lot of time at evening meetings, on the telephone at my home, those kinds of things. I did belong to Rotary. I belonged to Elks for a while and said that’s one more than I can keep up with. The nature of the job says to you, “Stay out of politics.” You have to be someone in a neutral enough position that you can meet with and relate to whomever. In a small town also, your social life is very restricted. It was easier for Lyn and me to stay home than to go and listen to someone complain about Mrs. Brown’s history class. And so, it was just a lot easier to get a good book.

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