On Nov. 7 our community will be asked to cast their vote on three referendum questions. Like 99 percent of school districts across Minnesota, we are funded, in part, by levies approved by our community. These questions will help us to maintain the excellent educational opportunities we provide for our students, and ensure we regain and maintain a system of strong financial health. We have worked hard to inform voters of the details of the referendum through community conversations, e-mails and a newsletter that went to every household in our school district.
On my way home from work recently, I stopped at a store to pick up a few items. As I checked out, I was struck by the cost of the items. Grocery expenses are just part of the monthly bills that increase each year and make it more difficult for families to manage the household budget. We all continue to experience the increased cost of our necessities and monthly bills. As a school district, we face the same challenges as our costs of educating students and maintaining schools and facilities continue to rise.
As the summer vacation winds down for our students, the excitement of a new year comes, in part, from the opportunity for students to rekindle friendships and meet new friends. We know the social aspect of school can sometimes overshadow the academic focus, but we falsely assume the importance of friends is a common characteristic of immaturity, and something we put behind ourselves when we become adults. Certainly, we learn to overcome the desire to be popular as a status symbol.
As we quickly move toward the completion of another school year and we prepare to say goodbye to our graduating class, I have been thinking about the journey we all have taken in our educational careers but also in life.
We appreciate the love and commitment our families have for their children. We appreciate the support of the community who helps us through our efforts. Together we can succeed in areas where alone we may not.
We just completed the winter sports and activity season. For many of our athletes and performers, determining how well they did in a selected event or how much they improved...