By Hiroko A. Miyakawa, Ph.D., Retired Educator
(October 15, 2013)
A vote for the Sedona-Oak Creek School District is a vote for the City of Sedona. The relationship between our school district and our city is symbiotic. Specifically, it is a relationship that mutually benefits the two municipal entities in Sedona. We all recognize that a good school system typifies a good city. Conversely, a poor school system reflects a city with problems. Sedona has a school system that exemplifies its citizenry and the goals that they had for themselves as well as their children and grandchildren.
Under the leadership of Superintendent of Schools, Dave Lykins, the Sedona-Oak Creek School District has kept pace with the new and raised status of the state, national and global educational needs. He and his administrative team have creatively and successfully implemented the state’s edict for new and higher standards with limited state funding. This kind of educational leadership by the school district lifts the status of Sedona as a viable and proactive community as well as earning a very high rating for the school district from the Arizona Department of Education.
However at this time, the district and the city will need your vote to support the override. The override will assist the district’s administrators and staff to maintain and expand upon the excellent reputation of the school district and reflect positively upon the city of Sedona. Without the funds from the override, programs and staffing may need to be eliminated resulting with lowered state rating of student outcomes for the Sedona School District. Without the present and future scholars to represent the high educational standards, on-going technological knowledge, performance-based education, and firm principles of proactive and ethical learning that this school district can offer, the character of Sedona will slowly and surely fade away .
Vote for the override for the Sedona-Oak Creek School District and for the City of Sedona.
Dr, Unfortunately the ratings, rankings and results do not support the comments you have made. We as a country continue to spend more per student than any other country in the world, and our stats continue to decline. Maybe after 50 years of the same old program we should try something different than spending more money on a failing system that is taking opportunities away from our kids and giving it to our competition in this global world.
Businesses are the customers. The students we are turning out are the products. THEY are the ones hiring OUR kids. Are we producing a product that they want, or are we sending our customers to foreign lands?
Of course, like most thinking, informed and caring people in Sedona, we voted YES for the budget override. The fact is that Arizona spends less on students and K-12 education than just about every other state in the Union. Students from other states consistently outperform Arizona students. Meanwhile, valiant teachers struggle with dwindling budgets to help our children become prepared to lead the world of tomorrow. They are constantly innovating new approaches to learning and often using their own meager funds to pay for school supplies. These are not products we’re talking about. They are our children and our future. They deserve the best – instead of what the Legislature in Arizona insists of giving them. This is our chance to help right these wrongs. Anyone who thinks we should vote against this override, should first go and spend some time in Arizona schools. Step into the teachers’ shoes first, then you’ll see that continuing to strangle education is not the way to build a better tomorrow or to care for our children.