Tuesday, June 8, 2010

It's been an honor

As I conclude my second to last day with the Genesee School District, I want to thank the community, students, and staff for making my tenure as Superintendent gratifying and successful.

The parents and patrons have demanded a quality educational environment for the young people of Genesee. That demand has fostered excellent support for the trustees, administration, staff and students. Without that support we would not have been able to modernize our physical plant, recruit and retain high quality employees, and provide our students with the tools they will need to be successful in their chosen career path.

It is not easy to vote to increase your tax burden, but the community has consistently voted to provide additional funding to maintain the type of academic and extra-curricular programs they have come to expect even as the economy has faltered. I want to thank the school trustees who have worked hard to balance the educational needs of the students with the means of the taxpayers. The Board has had the foresight to maintain a safe environment that is conducive to learning in the 21st century.

The teachers and classified employees have worked long and hard to provide the best opportunities they can for students. It shows in the consistently high assessment results as measured by numerous state and local tests. Many years, Genesee School has had the highest scores in the state on the Idaho Standards Achievement Test. Our clubs and sports programs are flourishing as a result of excellent student participation, supportive parents, wise coaches and advisors. We are fortunate to have two wonderful parent groups supporting our efforts. I applaud both the Genesee Boosters and the Genesee PTO.

What makes the Genesee School special? It's the people... all of them. Thank you and the best of luck in the future.