This year I have several requests on my list. However, first I want to express to you how much the employees at Centerville Community Schools are appreciated. The bus drivers ensure that students arrive to and from school safely each day. The cooks provide hundreds of healthy meals per day. The facilities are clean and user friendly, thanks to our custodial and maintenance staff. The secretaries ensure the daily business needs of a school facility are met. The teachers, aides, and support staff tend to the very front line responsibilities of educating the next generation. The school environments of our school buildings are orderly and safe because of the strong principals and curriculum director. It is truly a gift for me to work with such a great group. Because of them, we are successful in meeting instructional needs.
For this holiday season, I am asking that second semester is as successful as the first semester. Please help us continue the locomotive strength that the Centerville teachers and staff display on a daily basis. Each and every staff member provides a piece to the strong foundation for the students. Please help ensure that the Five Year State Site Visit provides positive marks of review in late February. I am also requesting that the weather cooperates this winter to ensure consistencies with the delivery of classroom instruction. We cannot afford snow days this year. Also, if you can assist with the state legislative session, please do what you can to support public education.
As you are well aware, a few years back one of my closest friends from high school, Dan Stoffer, and I would help create a festive feeling during the evening of Dec. 24 for the families of young children living in our neighborhood. This was one of the activities we would participate in together while home from college during winter break. We did this to assist with your annual tasks on this night. This year, I am asking that you take a few extra minutes in my friend’s home. Over the last twelve months his preschool age son had been challenged by some health events that required pretty serious surgery. Although his son’s health is much improved, please take a few extra minutes on their holiday gift list. Dan’s family lives in Minneapolis, Minn.