More than seven years ago, the community that constitutes the State College school district was fractured and united in remarkable ways by a debate over the future of State High. Voters sent a strong message for the need to “hit the reset button” — fresh perspectives, better approach, new plan.
On Tuesday, as we again go to the polls with the high school’s fate in the balance, I believe there is value in reflecting on that journey and the extent to which we all got what we voted for.
State College is a diverse community composed of a wide range of constituency groups, each with its own set of wants, needs, hopes and expectations. Producing a solution for State High that wholly satisfies everyone, or perhaps even a majority, would be impossible. Achieving a compromise solution requires leadership from all involved, including a community of stakeholders willing to not make the perfect the enemy of the good.
The current board and district officials have employed a process of integrity, transparency and engagement to arrive at a plan that reflects public opinion and acknowledges fiscal realities while balancing these with obligation to their top responsibility, maintaining this community’s justifiably high standards for excellent public education.
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In May 2007, we voted for positive change, and we got it. Let’s recognize and validate that accomplishment together.
Please vote “Yes” on the State High referendum.