First off, thank you to everyone who voted for me in the recent Niagara School Board election. You win some and you lose some, but don't feel sad for me, I have really been in there long enough and it was time for me to step aside anyway. I was going to stay simply to try to balance the powers on the board.
Over the years, we have had people come on the board with power on their minds. We have also had others come on with very personal agendas.
Sadly we should all be on there to try and bring to Niagara and to the students of that school the very best education possible.
Don't come onto the board to nit-pick and air out your dirty underwear. Don't try and hold every person on the administrative staff to perfection. Look in the mirror and take a gander at that person staring back at you. That person in the mirror is not perfect, in fact for some of us not even close to perfection, so we shouldn't try to hold others to that very high standard.
Take a good look at the last five years or so of the Niagara School System and see the advances in the curriculum we now offer our students. Look at the young people we are sending on to farther education. Look at our fund balance in these super tight and trying times. Look at how our administrators are working with our neighborhood schools, even across state lines to offer even more.
Hopefully, the board will all stay focused. I also pray the newest member will leave all personal agendas at home. In fact, for the first four or five months simply sit back and find out what makes the board tick.
Don't try to rewrite all policies the first meeting. Sitting on the board your view will change and be a lot different from the view you had back in your home.
Keep the students, the staff, the administration, the school and the community first in all actions, leave the rest outside the board room doors. Again, it was a learning experience.