Why should you care about who is on the school board?
The school board needs to implement more long term planning. Attention should be given to locating schools and choosing designs that are simple, not all the latest trends that are expensive, untested, and don’t improve student performance. If you have children or grandchildren attending our schools they are directly affected by the decisions of the school board and the Administrator. It is all about the spending, if tax money is wasted on high-priced new schools or unnecessary elements, that leaves less for student and teacher directed spending.
Long term goals that we are facing as a community involve responsible planning for the future. There are challenges we are facing in regards to the anticipated student growth but most of our recent population growth has been seniors that don’t impact schools. So growth may not be the most pressing issue.
An issue that must be faced is the failing discipline and the lack of support that teachers receive from the Administrators. When asked what the biggest problem they face teachers say it is not getting the backing they need to maintain order in their classrooms. Some of the current learning issues in our schools can be traced to the state and federal mandates regarding the standards of learning and data collection. The emphasis given these two items has, not only reduced the retention of information for the students because so much time is spent in fulfilling these requirements, but has taken a lot of the joy out of learning and teaching. Changes need to be made!
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