Laurel schools must fulfill mission

By: 
Dr. Linda Filpula
Superintendent, Laurel Public Schools

Laurel School District’s mission is “dedicated to the individual development of each student, every day, without exception!” At the start of the school year, I asked our staff to reflect on what our mission statement means to them and how they apply this to their job responsibilities each and every day. Why do we come to work every day? Who are we as a district?
It’s important for any organization to have core values as a foundation upon which to build. In the Laurel School District, our foundation is firmly solidified by a staff committed to providing the best educational experience for our students on a daily basis, in and out of the classroom. All of us have a vital and important role to play in the life of a child. Teachers are tasked with helping students achieve to the best of their individual abilities and are supported by a highly qualified cadre of aides. Support staff ensure students are transported safely to school and are fed healthy meals in clean and well maintained facilities. Our building secretaries help support students, staff, and parents/guardians through their daily communications and interactions. Building administrators focus on creating a safe and supportive learning environment to develop each student’s individual potential. Our board provides valuable oversight and guidance of our district vision and mission for the short and long term. The central office staff and I strive to provide the necessary resources and support to do the job well while coordinating between all the various departments, mandates, laws, rules, regulations, and contracts to ensure we stay focused on our mission—“dedicated to the individual development of each student, every day, without exception!” Each one of us contributes to this mission in our own capacity. We must never lose sight of why we go to work each day—it’s all about the kids!
The strength of schools is interwoven with the support of its community. If you want a better school, build a better community. If you want a better community, build a better school system. The two go hand in hand. On November 7th, the school district is running a bond election to improve the learning environment and expand educational opportunities for our students, our future. I now ask the community to reflect on our mission statement as I pose the following questions: Who are we as a community? What do we value? What is our role in the education of our students’ future?
On October 18th, ballots for the bond election were mailed to all voters in the Laurel School District; these are due to the county election office by 8 p.m. on November 7th. Please educate yourself about the bond issues. Information on the bond and 20-year Master Plan can be found on the homepage of the district website at www.laurel.k12.mt.us. You can also contact me directly at 628-3356 with any questions.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to vote.

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