Superintendent's column: Let us each reflect on what is most important

Dec. 23, 2017 at 12:03 a.m.

anuary 2018 has been proclaimed as School Board Recognition month, and this year's theme is "Helping Kids Soar to Success." Please join me in thanking our Board of Trustees for their commitment to our students, staff, schools and community. Of the 1,000-plus school districts across the State of Texas, and the 7,200 Board Members currently serving, there are no other school boards that deserve this recognition and celebration more than our very own Victoria ISD Board of Trustees. They are an amazing group of individuals who voluntarily take up the enormous responsibility of governing our schools, and we are extremely proud of them.

We are also extremely grateful for the leadership that is provided by our Board of Trustees. Our Board Members serve as a guiding force to an exemplary education and provide extensive opportunities for student success. They spend countless hours without compensation to establish school policies that reflect our community's belief in public education. They also work closely with staff to set goals that project the vision of our future. Each board member makes personal sacrifices and spends hundreds of hours addressing the needs of our school district. They face complex, demanding challenges that require significant amounts of time and attention. They also serve as the voice of our community, always placing our students' needs first and foremost.

Recognizing our Board of Trustees for their commitment and sacrifices takes a combined effort from us all. We invite everyone to join us at our regular scheduled Board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18, as we acknowledge these education advocates for their remarkable service to our school district. Great leadership always begins with a willing heart, a positive attitude and a desire to make a difference. We extend our sincere appreciation to our Board of Trustees for bringing these traits to the Victoria ISD and for providing each of us the opportunity to pursue our dreams.

As we experience the holiday season, let us take a moment to reflect on our lives and the things that are most important to us. Imagine life as a game in which you are required to keep five balls juggling in the air. Let's name these five balls: Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit. You soon realize that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce right back up. However, the other four balls - Family, Health, Friends and Spirit - are made of glass. If you drop one of these balls, they will become irrevocably scuffed, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They may never recover or be the same again.

During this holiday season, let us take time to slow down and understand how this truly pertains to us. Let us take this time to revisit our family, our health, our friends, our spirit and our many blessings. Let us not take for granted the things that are closest to our heart because these are the things that make life meaningful.

On behalf of our Board of Trustees and the entire Victoria ISD, we wish you and your family a joyful, heartwarming and restful holiday season.

Robert Jaklich is the superintendent for the Victoria Independent School District. Contact him at 361-788-9202 or through the VISD website,



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