A Message From Dr. Bell  

January 05, 2018
The weather outside was frightful when I sat down to write this, but I am certain that my vacation was delightful. I hope all of you had the time to recharge your batteries for the second half of this school year.  

The big news this month is the identification of a new ESU 10 Administrator arriving to begin duties on July 1, 2018. Dr. Melissa Wheelock has been offered the contract and we await her release from Minden Public Schools to make everything official. The ESU 10 Board of Directors chose Dr. Wheelock from a long list of quality educators. Once all of the “i’s” are dotted and “t’s” crossed, we will begin the process of integrating her into the system so she can take this organization to its next level of service so that we can continue to “partner with stakeholders to meet changing needs though professional expertise in providing services, learning opportunities and support.”  

Staff members and I are still gearing up to become more active and aware of federal and state legislative efforts. There will be much discussed at both levels of government that directly affect our profession. Once again, I urge each of you to remain aware of proposed legislative bills and make your opinion known to your representatives. This sounds like a broken record, but your participation is paramount and your opinions are valuable. This is especially true when resources are scarce and representatives start to prioritize. It is my hope that education is valuable enough to avoid being at the bottom of the list. It is important for each of us to share the good news about our profession and the positive affect we have on the development of young lives. William Arthur Ward opined, “The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, the great teacher inspires.” Sometimes that inspiration needs to extend beyond the classroom walls. This is one of those times.  

It would appear that we have all ESU 10 public schools districts registered for school visits. It should be entertaining this year as we start to use the SIMPL program to collect data to improve communication and program deliver with our stakeholders. Right now we have the fiscal ability to meet all needs and provide any necessary programs. The future might be a different story if funding sources dwindle. Then data will be used to prioritize staffing and services. Let’s hope that scenario is one that is never actuated.      

Well, I just read what I wrote this month and feel the need to end with something lighter and humorous. As usual, I turn to my favorite font of information, the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Colossal Collection of “Quotable Quotes”.   Since I am entering the twilight of my 47 year career in education, I will focus on something I am becoming an expert about – aging! Here’s your final quote for the month. This is one of my favorites and strikes fear in my wife and children. Maxine Wilkie said, “You can’t stay young forever, but you can be immature for the rest of your life.”   

Here’s hoping you have a fun, inspirational month.