Gratitude is a good attitude

Linda Filpula, Laurel Schools Superintendent
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Guest Commentary

Thanksgiving is always a time of year when I reflect on my blessings. As a school superintendent, I have ample for which I am thankful.

First, I am grateful the community passed a five-year Elementary and High School Building Reserve Levy to provide much needed safety and security updates. The High School has a new secure front entryway that was installed in September. The installation of control access (keyless entry) is nearing completion in all five school buildings. This will allow the school district to better secure and monitor the facilities during the school day and around the clock. Any access to these buildings will be electronically logged to ensure we know who is in our building and when. Knowing that our students and staff are more safe and secure brings a measure of relief.

The Elementary Building Reserve also included funds to purchase land for future growth. Our elementary buildings have been overcrowded for years with all three schools requiring modular buildings to provide adequate learning space for students. With the recent voter approval to purchase 21.4 acres, I am thankful for the community support in helping plan for future growth. While casting ballots is important in making your voices heard, it is equally important to become involved and engaged in the planning process as we move forward. The first Community Engagement meeting will be held on January 21, 2020, at 6 p.m. and we hope you will attend to share your thoughts.

I am extremely appreciative of the generosity of individuals and businesses in the construction of a new LHS Sports Performance Facility. This project will provide additional classroom space for our high school students and more than double the number of students that can take weight-training classes. This building is designed for future expansion such as a wrestling room. This is only possible due to the generosity of an anonymous donor along with local and area business support to raise ~$750,000. We are so blessed to live in a community that invests in its children and schools!

Lastly, I am grateful to serve the students, staff, and community. I have the opportunity to get up each day and make a difference in the lives of children. It is a responsibility and trust that I cherish, and I commit my time, energy, and heart into daily. Thank you for your support of our children and our district. I wish all of you an Abundant and Happy Thanksgiving!

Upcoming Events

Monday, December 16, 2019
Corinthian Lodge No. 72, AF&AM, first & third Monday, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple, Laurel Masonic Temple, 9900 Airport Road (except July-August)
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.

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