It’s the time of year when we reflect on things we are grateful for, and as I contemplate that question, its hard to know where to begin.
Of course, I am so grateful for my family, my husband, children, and grandkids. They are my greatest support system and never fail to remind me what life is truly about.
I am also so grateful to represent students, families, and the community as your superintendent of schools. I take great pride in being a Viking, and rest assured I always do my best to represent you in the most professional manner and with a welcoming disposition.
I am grateful for the challenges we have faced. We worked toward creative solutions and along the way became a model for others. Be it our Budget Boot Camp process, energy saving measures, or adding valuable programs like Spanish K-12, Project Lead the Way, Discover Digital Devices, and many others, even while cutting budgets; school districts looking for ways to survive challenges look to us.
How did we do it? Together. Though we haven’t always agreed on solutions, I am grateful to serve a community supportive of its schools.
I am grateful to the legislature for adjusting its equity formula and addressing a shortfall we have been talking about for almost a decade. I am grateful for such a thoughtful school board that looked at our new funding from every angle and with great concern before approving its use. Regardless of any issue, I know that all school board members come from a place of integrity and a true regard for the future of the community’s children. I am grateful for that.
I am also grateful for the coming year. For the first time since 2003-04, we will be talking less about what we are going to lose, and more about what we can offer to continue improving upon the best educational opportunities in the area.
Finally, I am grateful to work with such an amazing staff — top to bottom — and to teach such amazing students.
Thanks to all of you in the North Branch Area Public Schools community. May the season bring you many blessings and great joy!