A note to Olathe School District members from Board Member Mike Poland:
Dear Parents & Taxpayers,
When I first decided to run for the School Board back in 2005, I made the following notes to myself:
Reason for Running: Olathe Schools have been an integral part of our life as we have raised our children. They have received an excellent education and it is my desire to see that we maintain that excellence into the future. We have benefited greatly from our outstanding schools and I now feel it is time to give back to the community from which I have received so much.
Top Priorities: Responsible planning for the future growth
Achieving goals of No Child Left Behind mandate
Responsible use of taxpayer’s money
After four years of being tested and refined by fire, it has become clear to me that our Schools are a major battleground for the future of our great nation. Our children are our future and there are many forces and interests trying to influence that future. Olathe’s schools are nationally recognized as among the best in the nation, a recognition of which we should be proud. Along with our success will come outside influences wishing to use our children as trophies for their cause. Our responsibility as a community is to build the educational foundation for our children which gives them the ability to question everything, think for themselves, challenge all thoughts and reach logical conclusions for themselves. We should desire to develop independent thinkers and not pawns to any institution. Parents MUST assume their God-given responsibility to love, nurture and develop their children. Our schools are servants to us parents, not the primary party responsible for raising our children.
I appreciate the opportunity to serve the families and the children of our community. Please feel free to communicate with me on any matter that is important to you. Share your concerns but also share those incidents involving our students, parents and/or District employees that deserve a “high-five”. We have many unrecognized individuals that we take for granted because they always “just do the right thing”. I look forward to hearing from you.