To the editor:
Each individual member of the school board brings their own skills and talents when they become a school board member. With experience, they begin to fully understand the role of a school board member.
Experience also provides the school board member with a variety of very difficult and rewarding decisions. Rewarding decisions are those that lead to student achievement gains and success in preparation for post high school life. Difficult decisions are those that must be made for financial reasons but result in limitations on student success.
Over the past several years, the ISD 88 school board has made difficult decisions that have removed educational opportunities for students in our public schools.
Even though the state legislature has a responsibility to provide adequate resources for educational purposes, legislative decisions made in the past decade have not provided the financial resources needed to maintain a quality education system. In addition, the State of Minnesota has delayed school district funding to balance its budget, which negatively impacts school district cash flow.
The ISD 88 school board believes the ability to provide quality education programs in our public schools is essential to the vitality of communities within the boundaries of ISD 88. Budgetary reductions in the past several years have resulted in fewer classroom programs and other educational opportunities needed to prepare students for the future. In many cases, that future involves living and working within the boundaries of ISD 88.
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Our goal is to provide an educational program that New Ulm can be proud of and to prepare our youth with the skills they need for the future. All communities within the boundaries of ISD 88 benefit from a strong public school system.
As a school board, collectively, and as community residents, individually, we encourage local voters to support the operating levy referendum. We are proud to be residents of New Ulm. We are proud of the students and staff in ISD 88. Please support the referendum question to benefit our youth and our community.
District 88 School Board
Carol F. Ackerson
Duane D. Winter