To the editor:
The negativity concerning our local school unit continues to bother me. In my opinion, the most alarming comments are simply not factual and in some cases down right mean and disrespectful. The notion that further consolidation means choosing red over purple or Warriors over Cougars is simply ridiculous. The attitude of them versus us is exactly what most people would agree is wrong in Washington D.C., but for some reason… it is OK and will work here?
Someone once told me that change is the only constant in life and that attitude is everything… although at that time, I didn’t understand the value of the message, I believe that every day since then has proven it true.
I simply do not agree with the accusations that consolidation has not saved money or that further RSU 50 consolidation is not a viable option worth consideration. I also believe that the school board has done the best job they could with what information they had at the time decision(s) needed to be made. The role of a Monday morning quarterback is easy…. second guessing these decisions or accusing them or any other staff member of not having the student’s best interest in mind, is simply wrong in my opinion.
Throughout our communities, it is a constant challenge to fill these types of voluntary positions and sadly, this topic is one example of why. It is frustrating that those who continually feel the need to find fault are not always willing to be part of the remedy. If we hold ourselves to the same standards and expectations that we accuse our educators of not upholding, then I believe the focus will change.
My children will spend approximately 1,225 hours a year at school, which leaves 3,230 hours for me and the rest of the world to educate them. I hope they will be afforded the same opportunities I have been, no matter what the school colors, mascot, or name ends up being.
Although I believe there are improvements to be made, I believe if given the chance and support, we will remain fiscally responsible while continuing to provide a quality education for a fair price.
Thank you to the school board of RSU 50 and the staff members who continually go above and beyond to serve the future leaders of our communities.
~Richard H. Schmidt III