We all see the business of education in different ways. This is not a sin to refer to education as a business. In my opinion, there are different parts of a strategic plan of a local education body.
The foremost goal: graduate a student ready to go into the world self-sustaining, productive, with responsibility and the ability to lead a rewarding life. Agree? We all do realize it takes a long road with many inputs to that student. Thus, the business of education.
In order for this business to be a success, you need not only the students, but a talented support staff. In order to have the students, we need families. In order to have families, we want them to be part of our communities. Along with the families, we need great teachers and staff to attract said families.
In order to have the teachers and staff, they have to not only want to be a part of the education profession, but want to live within the Bureau Valley communities and work there. In order to live within the district, and have quality of life, these teachers and staff deserve to make a good living. Thus, a part of the business of education.
We pay our teachers and staff to educate our students. What goes along with that? In my thoughts, we need to have families who either are in the community for employment and/or career, or want to have the children educated in the Bureau Valley School District. These families need places to call home; you know, a roof overhead. These families need retail to purchase everyday amenities; you know, gas for the car, food, hardware, maybe a plumber or electrician? These families also want quality of life; you know, churches, community activities or assets, a place to get your hair done, a place to go out for dinner.
You get it. These are all reasons to bring families to town that will send their children to school, thus justifying teachers and staff. In many cases, the teachers and staff want to live in the community for same quality of life.
So, we have teachers, staff, families in communities, all good. We have now set the table to invite business to our towns. This is where our schools come into the picture. In order to attract business and investment in our communities, we must have what I believe, one good reason for a community — The School.
We now have schools in four of the six communities of Bureau Valley. Personally, I think it is very dangerous to consider reducing the number of learning centers again. This does not even take into consideration fiscal responsibility for the business.
There are opinions out there saying we are all living in dying towns. Give me a reason, we should encourage or promote those ideas, let alone agree. We all live in our communities of choice; our local learning centers have a great deal to do with the success of that, as well as the success of business in our towns.