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Our readers write — letters to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 8:56 pm

 Report card well-received To The Editor: The Dec. 1 meeting of the Obion County Board of Education was one of the most encouraging and enjoyable meetings that a member of the board could ever hope to attend. It centered around a discussion of the 2008 State of Tennessee “Report Card” for the Obion County School System. The Central Office staff went to great lengths to provide detailed information. A review of that detailed information reflected that the personnel of the Obion County School System have made it one of the best, if not the best, in the State of Tennessee. That observation is only magnified when one takes into consideration the fact that the per student expenditure in the State of Tennessee of $8,345 is almost $900 above the per student expenditure of $7,448 in the Obion County School System. Obviously, the taxpayers of Obion County are getting a far above average return on their investment in light of the superior quality of education that you are helping our students to receive. To further find that both our “achievement” and “value-added” scores are not only straight A’s but are also above all of the surrounding school systems is nothing short of remarkable. And perhaps most encouraging is to find our graduation rate climbing from 79 percent to 87 percent in just three short years. Obviously, these results point to an approach of teamwork that reflects an unparalleled commitment and dedication by teachers, support staff, administrators and supervisors under the capable leadership of Director of Schools David Huss. If you have not already done so, please go to the Obion County School System Web site and review the Dec. 1, 2008, School Board meeting agenda to see all of the good things which you played a part in the Obion County School System achieving. Not only have we attained great success as shown by our “Report Card,” but we have also made great strides in improving our athletic and extra-curricular activities. It makes us all proud to see the hard work of Central Office staff, band directors, coaches, teachers and club sponsors result in so much pleasure and character building in our students. When these students come before a board meeting to tell us of their accomplishments, they always express their gratitude for your efforts and guidance in helping them achieve their goals. While there have been public news stories on both the radio and in the newspaper highlighting your efforts, we thought it most important to say to each of you individually, “Thank you!” As we measure our success one student at a time, by striving to build character, shape minds and change lives, please know that you are making a difference! Roger Williams, chairman Jimmy Smith, vice chairman Brian Rainey, chair pro tem Glynn Giffin David Lamb Diane Sanderson and Susan Williams Obion County Board of Education Members Published in The Messenger 12.17.08

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