Talk of the District

with Denise Pontrelli, Superintendent
Denise Pontrelli

Talk of the District is a site to post your questions, concerns, ideas and participate in an on-line discussion with the Superintendent and other community members.

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Final thoughts regarding the bond

Superintendent Tom Nelson
May 04, 2015

I came back to Stillwater in July of 2014 for a second time to serve as the interim superintendent of schools. One of my very first meetings was with a group of citizen’s working to develop a long-range facilities plan for the Stillwater Area Public Schools. Parents, staff, and other community members were involved in deep discussions about buildings, academics, and activities, as well as how facilities contribute to a quality education and our communities’ quality of life.  I was immediately impressed with their commitment to making the Stillwater schools a better place to educate our children.

They’ve put together a solid plan, and I’ve been proud to share it with residents from across the district. We’ve presented the plan to residents during more than 90 public meetings. We’ve gathered feedback, made tweaks to the plan, and done our best to answer questions. I appreciate the way we have been received throughout the community. We’ve had some great discussions about the need to improve the facilities of our school district, which in turn, will create greater opportunities for our students.

The bond election on May 12 presents an opportunity to change the way we do education in this district. Many of these changes are long overdue. Our ninth grade students should be at our high school. Our sixth grade students should be in a place called middle school. Our youngest learners should have the opportunity to attend preschool in all of our buildings. The bond request is not just about fixing and repairing buildings. It is about making a difference for students. It’s about building our future. Now is the time for us to do our part.

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