Schools will stay strong, like postal service

I recently finished reading an article about the crisis that faces the U.S. Postal Service. Because my wife is a postal employee, I was interested. The article explained what many realize — the postal system faces a crisis and must change as the society it serves changes.

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The article talked about how the Postal Service has weathered the “storms” of telegraph and telephone. It has adapted to a world that includes planes, trains and automobiles. It now stares directly into the eyes of an electronic delivery system (e-mail, texts) that already has changed a good portion of the American way of life.

The response? Change must come to the postal system. Maybe five days of delivery instead of six? Stamp costs almost certainly will increase again soon.

I don’t know how you feel about that, but tucked way down in the bottom of the article — after how much the average postal employee makes — was a little note about how the United States still has some of the lowest stamp prices in the industrialized world. I still take mail from around the world out of our church mailbox daily without ever giving it a second thought.

That made me think of our current school district situation. Anyone who reads any of the communication and information probably will find something in the “system” he or she considers a waste or a mistake. All of us know those portions of an education we think are indispensable. We all have differing opinions.

Yet, tucked way down in the bottom of the discussion, is the sneaking suspicion that we still get quite a return for our investments in the school system. How many of us still know that deep down we at least want these kids to have what our kids and our grandkids had?

I’ll be among the first to stand up and say if Northridge can give my sons what my district gave me growing up, then I think they’ll be well positioned to succeed in our society. But right now, we face needing to cut some of what I just took for granted, and I would hate to see any of our students have to try to do without.

We all know our district (like countless others) faces the same crippling situation as the Postal Service. How can we keep “delivering” the same with less?

We invite you to come out and share your thoughts. A community crisis meeting will be at 7 p.m. today in the school auditeria

Please make every effort to be a part and share your input. The administration and the school board want you to be aware of where we stand and what we anticipate in the coming school year and beyond should the levy pass or not. I hope you can be there. Have a good week.

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