There’s a lot to be said about the “Frankenmuth Way.”
Here’s what’s on my mind this week.
For one thing –
whatever the circumstances, opportunities, or obstacles –
our school district and community are united in preparing our children for their best possible future.
This was true in 1994 back when this photo was taken.
It was true for generations prior to this.
It is true today.
And it will be true for many years to come.
Here’s how I know.
Last Monday the Board of Education and I participated in our first extended work session together.
The focus for our work was “effective governance.”
Although this might sound boring – our facilitator helped us explore ways to affirm healthy discussion, and most importantly, healthy disagreement, while still working together to unify around one vision, one purpose, and one direction.
In this day and age, finding common ground after a time of healthy discussion and healthy disagreement perceived as an impossibility.
But not here in Frankenmuth.
We have a certain way of doing things.
Our shared commitment to preparing our students for the best possible future never fails to transcend the differences we may have.
I think this is great.
And I hope you do, too!
Our kids are better served when we lean into the Frankenmuth Way.
The excitement of the completed construction at List Elementary continues.
As wonderful as last week’s ribbon-cutting ceremony was –
I really enjoy seeing students, parents, and staff getting accustomed to new routines and learning opportunities.
Who wouldn’t want to start their day with this kind of greeting?
And no –
I don’t mean the directional sign.
I mean this!
Isn’t this a fantastic seasonal welcome for our little ones?
When you think about it, an inviting entry like this is very much a part the Frankenmuth Way as well.
It helps remind us that once students come inside our schools, we have excellent teachers, principals, and support staff excited to deliver high quality programs, and our caring preschool staff is no exception!
In closing, let me say as Superintendent, and on behalf of our elected School Board trustees, never stop sharing your ideas, concerns, and perspectives with us.
My emphasis on seeking common ground and fortifying our shared purpose was not intended to stifle different points of view.
We’re better when we hear what you have to say.
Despite whatever individual differences there may be, parents, grandparents, community members, students, and staff COMBINED remain the anchors of FSD’s long-lasting and powerful purpose.
This is no accident.
It’s because of folks like you.