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Post Election Day Thoughts and Our Continued Commitment

Dear South Staff, Students and Families,

The election on Tuesday has created a wide array of feelings and emotions across the country, in Oregon, and in South Lane School District. Some are happy with the results of the election, some are shook and some have mixed emotions. For some of the results it might be easy to become cynical and lose hope. “The worst thing that can happen in a democracy – as well as in an individual’s life – is to become cynical about the future and lose hope.”

I have spoken to many people in South Lane and throughout the state in the days since the election. Many of these conversations re-emphasized the need for all of us to step up for our kids and the future of this country. Though the political climate feels fractured, we must come together and work toward the common good of all individuals.

Kids have come to many of us and expressed significant concerns about their own well being. The United States Constitution guarantees that we are all equal in rights and dignity, and have the freedom of worship and expression. Equity and respect for all individuals – even those who have opinions vastly different from our own - will continue to be a core value in South Lane School District.

Here are a few thoughts that were shared with me when talking to my colleagues over the last few days . . .

“Our purpose is unchanged . . . we must provide a safe and caring place for young people to grow in knowledge and skills.”

“I know Oregonians care about their kids but we just haven’t gotten the message right – YET” (in reference to the failure of BM 97).

“We have to do whatever it takes to help people come together.”

Measures 97 and 98 will cause some significant financial challenges for all of us. We will learn more in the coming days about the details. The Governor will release her 2017-19 budget on December 1st. Estimates currently show the state’s budget to be $1.4-1.6 billion short of current service levels.

Until then know that I am thinking, problem solving and giving my best every waking moment to support our kids and all of you. This will never change. As always, I welcome your input.

In South Lane we will continue to be guided by and stand for our core beliefs and values:

Kids Come First!

Decision Making is Student Centered

Kids Learn Best When They Want to be at School

Stand Together With Me,