There are four candidates vying for three seats on the Fairmont Area School Board this year. They all deserve praise. Being a school board member is tough. The state sets most of the rules for how schools operate. The state controls most of the funding. Cities and counties can raise taxes, but school boards have to go to voters for extra funding. In many ways, being a board member entails having all of the responsibility with none of the necessary authority. If all of this were not enough, school board members deal with the most sensitive issue in their constituents' lives - their children. You want to light a fire under a voter? Decide something that affects their kids' futures.