I am still out of town on a business trip so this will be short -- I've been in meetings all day and thus have had little time to respond to any of the many posts that have been made in the last 24 hours. But I've just read them all, and I want to really, really thank EVERYONE who responded today with such polite and respectful tones towards me and others (even when there was disagreement or concerns about my goals, closing Marks Meadow, etc.). I think this blog can be really, really useful if a lot of voices can be heard in a constructive and respectful way, and I want to thank everyone who posted today -- I literally saw not a single nasty comment about me or anyone else, and I appreciate that.
I know there are going to be areas of disagreement about our town and our schools -- about what courses we teach and when, how to spend our limited dollars, whether to support an override, etc. But I fully believe that everyone shares a common goal -- and that is to make this town and our schools be as good as they can be for all kids. We might have different priorities and strategies -- but the goal is really the same, and that is important to remember. I promise to respond individually to each post later tonight sometime, and thanks again for the very thoughtful and positive words you all have chosen to use today.
My Goal in Blogging
I started this blog in May of 2008, shortly after my election to the School Committee, because I believed it was very important to both provide the community with an opportunity to share their thoughts with me about our schools and to provide me with an opportunity for me to ask questions and share my thoughts and reasoning. I have found the conversation generated on my blog to be extremely helpful to me in learning community views on many issues. I appreciate the many people who have taken the time to share their views. I believe it is critical to the quality of our public schools to have a public discussion of our community priorities, concerns and aspirations.