Last week, Dr. Medlin's Pride article spoke of not wanting to take anything for granted regarding the upcoming bond issue. As I read it, it struck a chord with me that perhaps, as a school community; we shouldn't take our district for granted either!
Willard Public Schools is much more than just the town of Willard. It's farm families, it's a large group of families who call Springfield their "home", and it's a destination for families looking to move to this area. It's easy, after living in our school community for 21 years, to take for granted the hard work our staff puts in to make our district a place where students receive a quality education. But, when parents who are moving to this area have the choice of schools like Republic, Nixa, Ozark or Springfield, why do they choose our district? There is obviously something that attracts their attention that we who have either lived here all our lives or lived here a long time take for granted.
In my 15 years working in the district, I can't begin to count the phone calls - "interviews" if you will - and requests for tours or school visits for parents shopping for a great school first, then a home in that school district. I say all that to say, our district provides jobs, opportunities for families, and quite honestly, attention to our communities that otherwise might not exist without the quality of our schools and our district's reputation. Please don't take that for granted when you consider our request for a bond issue. It all comes at a cost.
This bond initiative will impact 4 school campuses, at least 4 of our largest extra and co-curricular programs, provide opportunities for at least one more school and community program addition, and pave the way for future boards to have many additional options for growth. In the past, bond issues have generally been focused on one major building project, with maybe a few extra things thrown in. This bond casts a wide net of opportunities for growth, renovation, and restoration throughout the district. We can't take for granted that these opportunities will just happen . . . it takes all of us being willing to step out and step up for our students and our school community!
Willard Values Education!
Board of Education President