GUEST COMMENTARY: Public schools off to a great start

2013-09-29T00:00:00Z GUEST COMMENTARY: Public schools off to a great startBy the Northwest Indiana Public School Study Council
September 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

When the children of Northwest Indiana arrived for the 2013-2014 school year, they were greeted by enthusiastic staff members ready to make it a fantastic school year.

Public schools are on a mission and are focused to help children become productive citizens. All employees, from teachers to custodial engineers, feel a personal ownership in the success of all children.

In Northwest Indiana, public schools are among the largest providers of food service, recreation and health resource facilities in the region.

Custodial engineers and grounds employees prepared the facilities to be an inviting environment for all.

Dedicated bus drivers safely transport over 61,000 students to and from school every day. Our drivers travel 1,150 miles each way every day to carefully deliver our most precious cargo, children!

Food service personnel provide our students with daily meals, serving 111,000 children in the region.

Districts employ hundreds of nurses and health care professionals to ensure children are cared for throughout the year.

Administrators, school safety coordinators, and local police officers work hand in hand to ensure students are safe.

Devoted teachers and community members sponsor hundreds of opportunities for students that include clubs, competitions, athletics and the arts.

Of course, preparing students for college, careers and lifelong learning remains the primary mission of public schools. Teachers are committed to their students and teaching the skills necessary for global competition in the 21st century. Schools analyze data and adjust the learning environment on an individualized basis for each and every child.

As a region, our graduation rates are at an all-time high with over 87 percent of our students graduating from high school.

Teachers have partnered with local universities to offer more than 400 early college credit courses. Students and families save substantial money by our youths obtaining college credits while in high school. These early college courses in high school significantly increase the likelihood of completing a college degree.

We partner with business, industry, social and governmental organizations to ensure our students are ready for the real world.

Over the next few months, the Northwest Indiana Superintendents Study Council will be providing a series of columns on the strengths, challenges, obstacles and opportunities of public education. It takes all of us working together to coordinate the services and educational needs of our children.

Public schools remain steadfast in the most important gift we offer to children, education! Thank you to everyone for a great start!

The opinions are those of the Northwest Indiana Public School Study Council.

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