To the Editor-
It was brought to my attention that none of the stated goals referenced the kids. At least that’s what some people have told me.
After thinking the goals over, and reading through them carefully, I disagree.
It seems to me that each and every goal that the school board has come up with for the superintendent to work on will directly effect the children of the district in one way or another.
The biggest and what I believe to be the most important goal is communication. We must bring all the stakeholders in the district together, and hear what they have to say. This is an area that has been severely lacking over the past several years.
From this day forward we must sit together and hear from all the students and staff. The parents, as well as the food service workers, the EA’s, custodians, secretary’s and Administration.
Every group needs to come together, not just once but as an ongoing function. Together we hold the key to improving education in our district and preparing our children, our future leaders, for the ever changing world that we live in.
This is a huge undertaking but I firmly believe that Dr. Bush is the right fit to get us started with healing this district and leading us forward to once again make the Stevens Point Area Public School District a leader in the state as well as a model that other districts will look to as the way things should be done. Each and every one of us that live in this district, weather we have children attending one of our exceptional district schools or not, MUST be a part of the solution to move the district forward and make available the best education for our children, our future.
I ask for people to come out to our committee meetings and let us know your feelings and your ideas for how to provide this quality education without the help from Madison.
In the years that I have lived in this area, I have seen first hand that our community members are not quitters. We will not quietly roll over and make reductions in classes just because our Governor can not see past the special interest groups and his own lofty ambitions to do his job here in Wisconsin first.
That is alright, we have the know how, and the ability to educate our children to the best of our ability.
We may not have all the money we need, but we have the ability to work together towards a common goal, our children’s education.
So I say forget the doom and gloom. Governor Walker forgot that we here in Wisconsin have a work ethic, and the ability to come together as one to work on a common cause. That cause is the quality education of our students in public schools.
Let’s take advantage of the leadership and experience of Dr. Bush, and the knowledge and experience of our staff and move our children foreword to the head of the class.
I for one will work diligently along with my fellow Board Members to make the QUALITY EDUCATION of our children the number one priority for the coming year.
Please join with us and show that it not only takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a city, a town, and a village to educate that same child.
Working together as equals, we can’t fail.
Samuel Levin, Stevens Point School Board