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Kudos to school board for long-term plan

April 23, 2014 - The Clarkston News is nearing completion of a series on Clarkston Schools' recently approved long-term strategic plan (overview, March 5; student achievement, March 12; technology, March 19; operations, March 26; finance, April 2).

What an outstanding endeavor the school board performed. We take this time to publicly thank the Clarkston School Board for their efforts. This outside-the-"Clarkston"-box thinking will benefit students and the community as a whole.

We encourage openness to new ideas and the elevation it brings to dialogue. We are encouraged by the board's outreach into the community, to all stakeholders in public eduction as they embark on their five-year plan. Too often in the past, educators only looked to educators to formulate and implement change. This board reached out not only to parents and staff, but also to students and the business community in a search for solutions.

We encourage the board of education and the administration to continue growing a truly open and transparent community entity. (One suggestion would be to again publicize meeting dates and agendas in The Clarkston News, as was done up until the last administration decided communicating with the public through an independent third party was not important).

Our proverbial hats are tipped to the school board President Rosalie Lieblang, Vice President Sue Boatman, Treasurer Joan Patterson, Secretary Craig Hamilton, and trustees Elizabeth Egan, Steve Hyer, and Cheryl McGinnis.

-- Don Rush

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