The most important action of the board this year has been to hire a new superintendent. I am excited about the work she is doing along with her team. We have so many wonderful things going for us, and at the same time, there is much work to be done. With impending work toward a long-range facility plan that includes adding on to the high school and building a new elementary school, we are at a perfect crossroads to stop and ask ourselves who we really want to be. Are we interested in competing with the status quo? Or can we make some bold moves that may compete against the norm in public education? Most can agree that we want the second, but actually stepping out in boldness takes a great deal of courage and creativity. I am excited to be part of that conversation in the coming months.
When discussing it in a blog post, I can hear the rallying troops shouting, "YES, let's move!" When I consider it in light of budget concerns, Common Core Standards, an increase in student needs, a vastly changing demographic and myriad other considerations, I can almost hear the grinding halt as we hit the brakes and ask if there is any way we can do this. I will keep encouraging us to go for it, which might sometimes look like jumping off a cliff, but I know we have enough talent and passion in our district to get there.
Behind every action and decision we consider, we must ask whether what we are doing is best for kids. I would love to hear from you - what do you believe is best for your kids as well as all the students in this district when considering their education?