A Message From Dr. Bell  

March 14, 2017

Educational Service Unit 10 just lost a great advocate. Darlene Boroff was elected to the ESU 10 Board of Directors in 1979 and has served continuously since that time. She has served on many committees and held various leadership positions. The other board members have elected her as Secretary of the Board for most of the twenty-three years I have been administrator here. She had a great passion for the ESU 10 mission and was a positive force on the board. Darlene will be missed. 

All of the Nebraska ESU administrators had the recent opportunity to participate in an informational meeting with Nebraska State Senators at the State Capitol Building in Lincoln. It was a great chance to highlight the programs and services being offered throughout the state. Senators must be experts on so many topics so it is always great when factual information can be shared with them to help shape their opinions as they create or modify laws. I would like to extend a major thank you for all of the Senators, and/or their staff members, who took time out of the hectic schedules to participate in this event.

At the time this article goes to print ESU 10 staff will have completed 20 school visits. It always amazes me that so many great ideas are submitted by school district personnel that can help propel this organization forward with better direction and purpose. There are many unique challenges that emerge, but I am also continuously surprised at the similarity of challenges submitted by many of our school district leaders. All of this input helps guide the use of ESU 10 resources to best meet identified needs as we “partner with stakeholders to meet changing needs through professional expertise in providing services, learning opportunities and support.” This is not only the ESU 10 mission, it has become the abiding principle of the organizational culture. It is my hope that all visits will be completed before next month’s Connector goes to press. If so, an executive summary of all the visits will be shared with you as we take the next step forward to improve and grow to meet your needs. 

With that said, it is time to prepare for what you have all come to know is one of my favorite times of the year, March Madness. I was able to finish as champion of the Administrative Department bracket last year, but still need to improve to catch Susan Evans from Teaching & Learning and the grand champion, Karen Verraneault, from Special Services. My downfall continues to be my inability to take Duke University past the early rounds. Maybe I need a consult with the ESU 10 Psychologists to get me past that mental block.

Since we recently finished our successful AdvanceEd accreditation process, I was randomly thinking of modifying our ESU 10 Motto by using a great basketball player quote since I enjoy this season so much. I thought I had it when I read that Shaquille O’Neal said, “Can’t nobody [mess] with me. I’m like toilet paper, Pampers and toothpaste. I’m definitely proven to be effective.”  

On second thought, I think we’ll stick with, “Our focus is on serving you!”