Margaret Huron: Change is needed
“Change is the end result of all true learning” — Leo Buscaglia
It has become clear to me in evaluating the latest developments in communication among school board directors that change is needed. We are a diverse group with different backgrounds, experience and perspectives, but the common goal is clear.
We must put all our efforts into guiding the Steamboat Springs School District into the future so it can continue to provide the best environment in which our children can learn.
We can’t allow our differences to get in the way.
In seeking a place on this school board, I was and continue to be motivated by my grandchildren who are just beginning their educational journeys. As board members, we can be models for them and all our district students by making informed choices that result in the most productive results.
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I have confidence that my fellow board colleagues and I can achieve this worthy goal. I am also aware that when any board encounters internal hindrances with regularity, it’s time for a change.
To initiate this change — to enable an invigorating fresh start for the school board — I have informed my fellow board members and Superintendent Dr. Brad Meeks that I will step down as board president at our Dec. 19 meeting while remaining a dedicated member of the board.
At that time, the entire board will choose a new president to fulfill those duties for the remainder of this term. I believe this is the most effective means of renewing the energy of our board.
I will give my full support to whoever is elected as the board president. I will continue meeting with community groups, parents, teachers and staff to better understand the needs of our district and to represent their issues and concerns as we discuss and set policy to lead this school district toward continued excellence.
Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education member
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