January / February 2018
Posted on 12/29/2017

From the early days of our nation, public education has played a vital role in shaping and developing young people to fully participate in our American democratic society.  In addition to preparing them for productive work and fulfilling lives, public education has also been expected to accomplish certain collective missions aimed at promoting the common good.  These include, among others, preparing youth to become responsible citizens, forging a common culture from a nation of immigrants, and reducing inequalities in American society.  Public education has been, and continues to be, the “Great Equalizer” for the children and young people of Franklin Pierce School District.

There is no better long-term economic investment for our state and country than ensuring strong public schools. The caring and hard-working FPS staff do whatever it takes to maintain safe, secure, and well-kept facilities, stay abreast of and use the most effective instructional strategies, efficiently feed and transport our students, work collaboratively to determine and provide the necessary support for students who need it, and stay within the annual budgets allocated.  I can assure you that you can be as proud as I am of the work being accomplished by the students and staff throughout the school district in which you reside.

As we begin the second half of the 2017-18 school year, we are continuing to see the escalating student academic achievement we had worked and hoped for within all of our schools.  Despite the fact that our challenges are not diminishing, we are still making progress meeting the many and varied needs of our students. Our efforts are making a positive difference in the lives of our children and their families. We continue to “beat the odds.” The success we are having has everything to do with the vision of the School Board, the expertise of our district leadership, the commitment of our dedicated staff, the involvement of our parents, and the support of our citizens.

In a special election taking place on February 13th, the Franklin Pierce School District has two very important measures on the ballot. Proposition 1 is a renewal of our 4-year Educational Programs and Operations levy that provides over 20% of our annual operating revenue funding such things as safety/security personnel, teacher compensation beyond the regular school day, student transportation, programs for special needs students, textbooks, classroom supplies, library materials, arts and athletics. Proposition 2 is our 4-year Instructional Technology levy renewal. This is a capital levy that will continue to fund the acquisition, installation, and modernization of instructional technology equipment, infrastructure, systems and facilities all to enhance student learning in the 21st century. The next edition of the Views newsletter which will be mailed out in mid-January will provide you with additional factual information on both of these important upcoming measures. Don’t forget to exercise your civic duty by registering and voting by February 13th.

Please stop in at any of your local schools to visit or attend an activity.  I guarantee you will be pleased with what you see.  Stay warm, stay healthy, and don’t forget to send in your ballot on February 13th.