Nevada Association of School Boards
President's Message — September 2017
As the new school year begins for many schools, I am reminded of the numerous times that we as trustees hear from parents or other adults who are advocating for their children. They want only the best for them; we want what is best for all children. There are times when these objectives conflict, and that is one of the most challenging situations that we face as board members. These are never pleasant circumstances.
Here is a selection from one of my favorite poems that may inspire us during such troubling situations. This poem is called “Sometimes Life is Hard” and was written by Kristin:
Sometimes we see things that aren’t meant to be seen
Sometimes things aren’t always as they seem
Sometimes we need someone to call our own
Especially when we’re alone
Sometimes people just can’t understand
Why things get out of hand
Sometimes life just isn’t fair
Especially when people just don’t care
And sometimes it’s hard to say
Why things have to be this way
Sometimes it’s all you can do to get by
Especially when dreams continue to die
Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same
And sometimes when people get hurt
Even the strongest ones may need comfort
As I think about the challenges facing our children and young people, I know that for many of them school is a safe haven where they are accepted, often fed, respected, treated with dignity, and frequently provided clothes or other supplies that help them get from one day to another. Our teachers, administrators, and other district staff are at the forefront of making sure that all of the students who walk through the doors of our public schools are equipped to learn and achieve.
As school trustees, we can support those educators and staff members who are making daily contributions to the lives of children. We can recognize them in board meetings, at school meetings, Chamber of Commerce gatherings, Rotary meetings, neighborhood events, and elsewhere. This is important work.
When I hear the “real news” reports about the impact of Hurricane Harvey on schools in Texas and Louisiana, I know that just coping with having so many children relocated to other schools is a mind-boggling challenge that I hope we never face in Nevada. Trustees in Texas and Louisiana are pulling together for the good of all kids…that’s what we do each day in Nevada, although under totally different circumstances.
Thank you for all you do each day to increase opportunities for our Nevada students to learn and succeed in their public schools.
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