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A lesson in community

A lesson in community

Community. It’s a word we throw around a lot when we talk about our school district. And it’s no wonder. Our district is made up of 18 different and unique communities, and we have strong communities within each of our schools and programs.

And yet, we often overlook the importance of this simple word. In the past two years as the leader of this school district, I’ve come to understand and experience “community” in an entirely new way. Community is about more than people sharing a common space. It’s a feeling of belonging. A sense of togetherness. It’s about sharing common interests and attitudes and working toward common goals.

Most of all, it’s about coming together in both the good and bad times to support one another and make sure the needs of all are being met.

This care and concern for others has been on full display throughout the pandemic. Our community has poured its heart and soul into the lives of our children during a time of uncertainty, constant change and unrest. Families have rearranged schedules and lifestyles to make sure their children can keep learning. Businesses and organizations have helped donate food and supplies to make sure children were fed and outfitted with school supplies. Staff have given up lunches and prep times to cover for others who have been out sick. And taxpayers, many of whom do not have school-aged children, approved a tax increase to ensure students have access to a high-quality education.

The past two years have been messy, and we’ve had more than our share of challenges and frustrations. But together, we’ve shown up for our kids again and again. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have served along with you all for the past 2 years, and I look forward to continuing to be a part of this amazing community in my new role at Brookview Elementary School next fall.

I truly believe there is no better school district in the world, and no stronger community than this one. Thank you for all the ways you support our schools and pour your love into our kids.

With gratitude,

Malinda Lansfeldt, Interim Superintendent

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