Henton: From surviving to thriving

I am sure I speak for the Sunrise River School staff when I say how touched we were at the turnout for the “Reward School” celebration breakfast last Friday at Sunrise. There were well over 100 people in attendance, including staff, students, families, and school board members. There were so many people, in fact, that we had to scramble and order additional food!

As usual, Taher and Food Service Director Don Kivimaki were right there with additional food trays, and everyone got to enjoy some breakfast with us.

Deb Henton

Deb Henton

Not enough food for en event such as this is the kind of problem we like to have; it means that many more attended than we originally estimated.

It was very gratifying to see so many students there with parents/guardians, and I can’t thank those families enough for making an effort to attend a 6:45 a.m. breakfast.

The event is an incredible example of how things have changed at North Branch Area Public Schools over the past few years. We have gone from surviving to thriving, and it is the result of a massive team effort that involves staff, students, families, and community members.

Together, we have much to look forward to in the coming years. The school board’s decision to access new funding from the state has helped level the playing field for our district, and we are looking forward to what that will mean for students.

As I have said many times, we only get one chance to educate our students. Thanks to such dedicated staff and school board members, supportive families, and hard-working students, we — as a community — are making the most of that chance.

An event like this reminds me how honored I am to be your superintendent. Thank you for your continued support; together we have many great milestones still ahead of us.

— Dr. Deb Henton is superintendent of North Branch Area Public Schools

  • Flambeau

    “The event is an incredible example of how things have changed at North Branch Area Public Schools over the past few years. We have gone from surviving to thriving, and it is the result of a massive team effort that involves staff, students, families, and community members.”

    This would seem to indicate that the district has gone from “surviving” to “thriving” over the past few years without an operating levy in place.
    If the District is now “thriving” without an operating levy, why then did the board choose to implement the non voter approved operating levy against the express will of the voters?

    “The school board’s decision to access new funding from the state has helped level the playing field for our district…”

    This is an interesting way to say that the board decided to override the will of the voters expressed in seven consecutive operating levy referenda and pass an operating levy themselves which will raise everyone’s district related property taxes 13 or 14% this year and for the foreseeable future.

  • tj

    Flambeau,,, you are correct. The district can’t live within its means as has been demonstrated before and more so during hentons tenure. Its living proof why parents are sending their children to Rush City, Cambridge and Forest Lake. The board has always had a mighty high opinion of their decisions even when the voters say NO!

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