Dear Sisters School District Families and Friends,
Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about how lucky our district is to have such strong partnerships with the Sisters Community. There’s no question that a healthy, vibrant school district and a healthy, vibrant community are closely linked together. One cannot exist without the other.
In fact, the health of our schools affects the health of our entire Sisters community – all of us, whether or not we have children or grandchildren in our schools. Because healthy schools:
- build a stronger, better educated workforce
- help attract the talented, able people we need to run our businesses
- support educational and cultural institutions and our non-profit organizations
- help attract and retain high quality, environmentally friendly business owners and residents
- reduce school dropout rates, delinquency, crime, incarcerations and welfare costs
- increase property values
- support the local economy
- enhance the quality of life for all of us — for our entire community
Healthy schools also give our young people the tools they need to lead fulfilling and joyful lives and become strong, contributing citizens. Our goal is to graduate students who are prepared to compete in a challenging, global economy, where perhaps now more than ever education is key to opportunity and success.
While the Sisters School District offers high quality education, the health of some of our facilities is in decline. Providing the best education possible in a safe and secure atmosphere is critically important. Safety upgrades to our door and locking systems, the creation of more controlled school access points, ensuring access to safe and ADA compliant athletic facilities and modern technology are all necessary if we are to continue to offer top-notch education to our students in the securest setting possible.
Our school board is exploring the possibility of again asking voters to approve a bond measure to address the significant needs our school facilities are facing. Being new to the district, I have been gathering public feedback in order to better understand the priorities and needs of our community members. Thank you to everyone who participated in our community forums. We appreciate you taking the time to give us your thoughts and opinions as we explore this issue.
We will be scheduling additional community forums for anyone who wasn’t able to attend the January 2016 events and would still like to have their voices heard. If you haven’t already done so, I hope you can join us at one of these upcoming meetings. We will also be conducting phone survey of the Sisters community to better understand your priorities. If you should receive a call about this, we would appreciate your time in responding. I welcome your candid feedback. Please stay tuned for more information.
Thank you for your partnership, support, and feedback.