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Change presents opportunity

Guest Column, by Karen Van Epps

Change provides us the chance to share understanding, create new solutions, and build relationships. We are open to a world of endless possibilities and abundance.

The strengths of Tahoe Truckee Unified School District are the people who care; the community and parents whom continue to demonstrate their support through local bonds, volunteerism, fund-raising, and participation on committees; the dedicated staff who care about kids and work diligently toward their success; local public agencies and civic organizations demonstrating their commitment to kids and schools through their services and assistance.

Your elected school board members are dedicated to the importance of protecting teaching and learning activities and maintaining focus on the needs of students.

The individuals you have elected to represent you as trustees, your school board members are five individuals dedicated to kids. We have had the opportunity to work together for the last two years, participating in ongoing training and workshops, which better educate us in decision-making regarding public education, school finance and our children.

As change occurs, we will continue to position the district for maximum success today and in the years to come.

Bob Nehls, our interim superintendent is an individual with integrity – one whom we can all trust.

In the few years Bob Nehls has worked in our district as financial director, he has demonstrated his knowledge and experience in school finance, as well as his concern for kids. Bob Nehls has also provided assistance in mediation and negotiation situations, he is known to be fair, and he is a peacemaker.

We look forward to Mr. Nehls assistance over the next six months.

We have selected the California School Board Association Executive Search process to assist in finding a qualified candidate for the next superintendent of Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

The most important changes to come will occur through our restructuring of the budget.

The state of California finances are having a domino effect on local budgets, especially public education funding.

We understand our wants are without limits, but our resources always have limits. This dynamic time can serve to focus our attention on what is most important, stimulate creativity for new and creative solutions, and help us discipline ourselves to better manage our resources and carefully evaluate our commitments.

We will continue to hold public discussions about budget shortfalls and their relationship to expectations and responsibilities facing the schools. We will continue to engage staff and the community in dialogue, listening to suggestions and input on the implications of alternative courses of action.

Karen Van Epps is trustee for Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.