Parent Update – February 3, 2010
Thank You Olmsted Voters
As most of you may already know, yesterday’s levy met with success, passing by a respectable margin of 54.5% FOR / 45.5% AGAINST.
I am truly humbled by the commitment and dedication of the Pride Committee members, who never waivered in their efforts to tell our great story and mobilize the Olmsted Communities in support of our schools. This army of volunteers included parents, students, grandparents, community members, faculty, staff and Board members – all coming together to preserve Excellence in Education in this community.
On behalf of the Board of Education and myself, I would like to thank each and every one of you who took an active role in this levy campaign. These countless campaign efforts were only made possible by the collective effort of all. Thank you for your personal time and support.
What Comes Next?
In the weeks ahead, we now turn our attention to repairing our School District. While the passage of the levy will not bring new revenue to our District until January of 2011, we will soon begin the process of reinstating K-8 busing services. We are targeting Monday, February 22nd as the date in which we will “switch back” to the K – 8 transportation system that was in place from the start of this school year through December 31, 2009. A letter providing additional transportation information has been prepared and we hope to mail letters to parents this Friday. Please note that as the District begins designing bus routes for the 2010-2011 school year, some of the efficiencies, such as “group bus stops” will be reintroduced into operation.
As we begin to tend to the logistical matters that will put our District back together, we must not lose sight of the fact that our community has, in these difficult economic times, entrusted us with their financial support, and our community expects us to continue to operate in our tradition of both excellence and efficiency. We must continue to make cost-savings a top priority, as it will still take a great bit of time and effort to put our District back on a solid financial footing.
In closing, I again extend sincere thanks to all who voted in yesterday’s election. As school district leaders, our mandate from this election is that we must extend an attitude of gratitude toward these persons who have given us the tools we need to continue our mission of providing the children of this community the quality education they need in order to be prepared for this very competitive 21st century.
Unofficial Precinct Results