By Deb Henton, Ed.D.
First, I would like to thank the author of last week’s letter “Financial stress doesn’t hold back students.” We do have great kids, great parents/guardians, and great staff, and there are many wonderful things happening in our schools despite the implications that come with budget cuts.
It is my sincerest hope that the vast majority of you out there who believe your kids are in great schools, and benefit from being surrounded by great staff, will share that message far and wide.
We are often asked what we can do to attract more students. The simplest answer to that question is also the most effective: Spread the word.
We live and work in a school district that is the unfortunate victim of political decisions made by others, decisions that create a high state of emotion for both families we serve and taxpayers at large. Taxes and edcuational opportunities are issues that strike to the very heart of a community.
It is easy to assume the issues we face start with the district. The more difficult thing to do is to work with us to be a part of solutions that make the best of the situation we find ourselves in.
We are your school district. Most of our employees live in the district, and those who don’t live and pay taxes in others. Everyone here, from school-keeper to superintendent, believes in our kids and is proud of the hard work they do supporting their education.
I can’t say it enough: Please be our ambassadors. Not for me or for the school district itself. Be an ambassador because it is the right thing for the community. Good schools attract growth more than many other factors. We have great schools, we just have to be willing to spread that message.