A Message From Dr. Bell  

May 03, 2012

This is always a very interesting time in ESU 10 world. It is the time of year when focused thought and effort transform into a new and upgraded Program of Services. The words of Victor Hugo in his classic novel Les Miserables come to mind. He penned, "There is nothing like a dream to create the future. Utopia today, flesh and blood tomorrow." Many people have shared thoughts and opinions as to what the perfect ESU 10 Program of Services is to meet their needs. It is now our responsibility to "flesh" this all out to continue current successes and to vision for future needs. It is indeed a very humbling proposition as we attempt to best use available resources to "partner with our customers to meet changing needs through professional expertise, training, and support." With your help we hope to keep working at it until we get it right.

The ESU 10 Continuous Improvement Process continues to move forward. It is our hope that this process will also help define our purpose and create better learning opportunities for all who we serve. It appears that our focus is getting more refined as we examine how we do business. The statewide ESU system is also becoming more focused in its efforts. The Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council has established four strategic plan priorities:
     • Improve ESUCC Processes and Identify Additional Stakeholders
     • Develop the ESU System 24/7 Technology Learning to Meet the Present and Emerging
       Needs of Nebraska's Schools
     • Accountability and Communication
     • Collaborative Working Relationships with Stakeholders

Many different initiatives are in discussion or early action stages that will address these strategies to the benefit of all school districts in Nebraska. More will be shared on a variety of topics once plans are finalized and contracts secured. So, rest assured that the wheels on the bus are always turning here at ESU 10. The bumps in the road are useful to jar us into clearer thinking from time to time to help guide us when we hit the forks in the road. Please feel free to share your thoughts with us at any time. This is one of those rare places where back seat drivers are actually encouraged.

Have a great summer.