Return to a Spirit of Community

We read a lot about the cost of education in Clinton. I have put two children through our schools and have seen the many changes and I contend all of them are for the better! The former administration was the status quo, making no changes and letting our schools chug along in an outdated system. Is it now perfect? Find me a district that is. We have a very diverse population in town. You might volunteer in the schools to better appreciate both the challenges and many successes. Our schools have moved into a place where they are far better preparing the vast majority, rather than the select few, of Clinton youth.

These successes can be laid at the feet of our top administrator. Jack Cross came to us experienced, energetic, full of great ideas, and ready to work. It’s true he was skeptical of parental involvement, but quickly embraced parents and the community. He moved into town and has taken on the big challenges that had gone unaddressed for decades. Quite recently we updated our Board of Education, electing highly educated, experienced, qualified professionals to serve, giving generously of their time.

Our school district has never been better positioned to thrive, and it is in this context that a few self-serving people want to send us back. We do that at our own expense: the quality of life in Clinton, our home prices, and the investment in the next generation are at stake. “We build on foundations we did not lay. We warm ourselves by fires we did not light. We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant…We are ever bound in community.”-Peter Raible. It would do us good to return to a spirit of community and eschew people who want to tear us apart.

Kathleen Skoczen

Published March 25, 2015 – Zip06

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