A Message From Dr. Bell  

May 07, 2015
Seventeen ESU 10 staff members and I recently finished visits with all of the public school districts that we serve in this almost 10,000 square mile area in central Nebraska.  That process now needs to expand to the 10 parochial schools served within the ESU 10 territory, but they are off the hook until 2016. The information we receive is shared among ESU 10 staff members and the ESU 10 Board of Directors as we continue to better focus the ESU 10 Program of Services on school district needs. We appreciate the valuable time given to us and the frank conversation so that we can better “partner with our customers to meet changing needs through professional expertise, training, and support.” I also appreciate the time given to me by staff to help with this process. As we find everywhere, there is always much to accomplish and too little time so we hope not to waste this precious commodity.

It is always good to collaborate with our peers out in the field. Sometimes the term “field” would be literal and sometimes figurative! Every circumstance is different and it makes this job rich and meaningful when we can somehow meet the demands of the people who we serve. Everything we do is definitely not an instant success, but serious thought, collaboration, and dedicated effort can accomplish monumental goals.

The April showers have been very welcomed and now we hope to see the May flowers springing out of the ground. At ESU 10 we hope to plant some seeds of progress to see what can grow and flourish in our area. The information gained over the past few months will now be used to develop a budget for the year that can hopefully help us to help you so we have an ample harvest of student success. This will all tie into the new Nebraska Department of Education accountability system titled Accountability for a Quality Education System Today and Tomorrow. We will all join together this year as we pursue AQuESTT. Hopefully NDE Commissioner, Matthew L. Blomstedt, will find the need to come to the ESU 10 territory to praise all of our combined efforts and accomplishments.

Congratulations on another exemplary year that you have provided the patrons of your school districts. You should be proud of your accomplishments. For those who have the summer off – recharge and enjoy your hiatus. For those of us fortunate enough to work through the summer just remember that those who laugh, lasts!