Superintendent's column: Opportunities can be defining moments

By BY ROBERT JAKLICH
Nov. 11, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Robert Jaklich

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Each and every day in the Victoria Independent School District, we are faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as difficult situations. We identify these opportunities as defining moments. Defining moments form us and help inform others about who we are and what we stand for. The insight gained from embracing these moments provides us with the knowledge and expertise to make the right decisions and to move forward as a school district. The recent nonpassage of our 2017 Bond Election is a wonderful example of a defining moment.

Upon visiting with many individuals after the election, it is clear that our message was not articulately communicated enough and that we must do a much better job of informing our community about the real issues we face as a school district.

We also learned that we must provide more opportunities for our community members to be involved in the decision-making process. It was also clearly evident that the timing of the bond after Hurricane Harvey was a major concern.

We also learned that the nonpassage of the bond is in no way a negative reflection of the outstanding work that our teachers, administrators and support staff provide to our students each and every day.

This bond election was about money and how to best utilize and maximize tax dollars at this current time within our community. We will take the message received from our community and increase opportunities for involvement as we plan for the future of VISD.

In the words of Winston Churchill, "If we are together, nothing is impossible."

As we continue to move forward as a school district, the following story provides a wonderful example of choice. A young Native American man was talking with his grandfather. The young man asked his grandfather, "What do you think about the situation of the world?" The grandfather replied, "I feel like two wolves are fighting inside my heart. One wolf is filled with anger and hatred, and the other wolf is filled with love, forgiveness and peace." The young man then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" The grandfather then replied, "The one I choose to feed."

And so it is with us. As a school district and as individuals, we choose to work together as we meet our challenges positively, with hope, determination and great expectations. We are dedicated to student and staff safety, teacher quality, enhancing classroom support and accelerating student achievement.

We also believe that great school districts must care as much about values as they do about victory, as much about purpose as they do about profit and as much about being effective as they do about being successful.

In VISD, we choose to uphold these values and stand ready to embrace this responsibility.

On behalf of our Board of Trustees and our entire school district, we look forward to working together as we make our students our No.1 priority and build a future of hope and endless possibilities for "Every Child, Every Classroom, Every Day."

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


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