Education continues to be a hot topic of conversation nearly everywhere you look. Budgetary concerns, dropout rates, reform movements, assessment, accountability and collective bargaining are all part of the discussions in the media and on the street. Keene Central is not immune to these discussions. Many initiatives are being explored for possible changes in the way our business of school is conducted. The challenge is to find those that hold the most promise for improving the quality of our students’ educational experience.
Keene Central School District has never had the luxury of being a recipient of a large amount of State aid. At this time of fiscal crisis, this has become an advantage for the district. The district is not dependent on State aid and therefore has not been hit as hard by that reduction of funding. The budget planning process is moving along with all eyes being focused on being frugal while maintaining quality programs and opportunities for students.
Curriculum and Standards changes are being made by New York State. Keene Central continues to interpret these changes and adjust our curriculum to align with these prescribed changes. As a result of adjustments to the Standards, assessments are being modified as well. Teachers work each day to prepare their students for these changes as well.
Preparing today’s students for the demands of tomorrow’s world is our largest challenge. The unknowns make this task daunting. What skills will people need to be successful in the world of tomorrow? How are young people motivated to challenge themselves and to work hard? Is the work we are asking of them the “right” work? These are but a few of the questions educators are grappling to answer.
Keene Central has developed a solid reputation of providing a quality educational experience while supporting the social and emotional growth of students. Given the challenges of tomorrow, the work before our school and our community is to continue to find ways of maintaining that quality experience and reputation. This task will take everyone working together, communicating clearly, sharing ideas and expertise, being supportive, being open to change and being open-minded. This work is being conducted throughout the country. If it can be successful anywhere, I am confident it can be successful in Keene. The Keene community comes together when things get tough and these are tough times in education.
Thank you for the on-going support.