My Turn: Give children every resource-to master the future
Two years ago our community came together around Education Matters, a community input process created to set educational priorities for our region. The 800-plus participants identified eight priorities for the district including the need for a safe, healthy environment. In the forums people spoke to the importance of quality educational facilities and a safe physical learning environment. On June 3 our community once again has the opportunity to speak its voice and help make that priority a reality for our students and teachers in Truckee by voting yes on Measure L.Measure L will address safety concerns and provide the resources to modernize Truckee schools to promote 21st century learning. These facilities were built over 50 years ago and are in desperate need of upgrades. Research has shown concrete evidence that up-to-date facilities support better overall learning and adds to the pride and morale of a school community. While I know there are several contributing factors, Alder Creek Middle Schools Academic Performance Index (API) has increase from 776 to 841 in the three years students have been in the new school building. Better lighting and air circulation are considered contributing factors to this rise mere complements to the fabulous teachers and students, of course! The newly built North Tahoe High classrooms offer integrated multi-media systems giving teachers access to the Internet, video presentation and overhead projection. Teachers and students alike have commented on how exciting it is to work in this atmosphere. Not only do people feel valued and inspired to learn in facilities that offer current technology, but it also prepares our students for the world in which we live today. Truckee Elementary and High School were built in the 1950s and quite a bit has changed since then. Our children will surely benefit by our schools being wired for 21st century learning, offering vocational classrooms that reflect the careers of today and tomorrow and providing energy-efficient facilities that teach our students the importance of caring for our environment.This mission of the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is to support quality public education within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. As the executive director of Excellence in Education, I note trends in educational needs through our grant process. Currently, there are voids in the Truckee schools that need to be addressed. Updating the physical and technological infrastructure of the Truckee schools will provide students and teachers with tools they need to achieve academic excellence. As a community member and parent of future TTUSD students, I believe the return on investment with Measure L will be significant. A strong educational system is at the core of a healthy and thriving community.If the children truly are our future, I believe they deserve the resources to get there.Laura Abbey Brown is a 14-year Truckee resident and is the current executive director of the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation.
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