Last Friday, a resident came to the village office and said they had been at Meet the Candidates night for the school board on Wednesday. The resident was curious about a statement made that night about whether the school district was better off today than it was four years ago.
My initial response was to suggest asking the candidate what was meant by the statement. I thought about it over the weekend and did some research.
Four years ago was 2011 and we were still in a recession. According to Sunday’s Dispatch, now has its lowest unemployment rate since 2001; so things are better. Voters recently approved a needed levy and according to the Auditor of State’s performance audit, school district employees are fairly and competitively compensated compared to schools our size and the majority of Fairfield County schools; so things are better.
Our arts program is successful and the band and choir continue to win awards at competitions; so things are better. Athletically, since 2011 the basketball team was a district finalist, the softball and baseball teams won league banners and there were state placers in track. The football team, girls’ basketball team, the volleyball team, the cross country team and golf team are getting better. Not only does Millersport have all-league players, the football coach was named Coach of the Year; so things are better.
Academically, no students were held back because of failing the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee, graduating seniors have earned thousands of dollars in scholarships, graduates have served honorably in the military, graduates have studied all over the world, athletes and musicians perform at college level and we have a new Laker Learning Center; so things are better.
We must never be satisfied with what has been accomplished and we must continue to better our performance. Walnut Township School District is better than it was four years ago and four years from now it will be better than today.
Faye Whitaker, Karen Keller and
Walnut Township School Board members