Ruth's Rustler News 10-10-12

Posted October 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Recently I was visiting my parents at their home in Mitchell, S.D. I walked into the house as I have done so many times in past and sat down on the couch. The TV was on, the volume was extremely loud as they are 81 years old, and the Dick Van Dyke Show was playing. Of course this show was in black and white.

Oh, the days of black and white. Right and wrong. This is the world we used to live in. There was no grey area. It was either this way or the highway. Negotiations with my parents took about three seconds. And it was all their dialogue.

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Mike Ruth, Superintendent, Miller School District

Of course, we live in a very grey world now. That is not all bad, but it does complicate things a bit. We must negotiate the answer to just about every problem. I like the fact that we have a lot of input into decisions. Most of the time we come up with a much better solution.

Fortunately for me, we have great input into the decisions we make in our school district. We are blessed with intelligent, caring, hardworking staff and leaders that genuinely care about the education of our students. Here is a summary of some of the things we are currently working on in the district:

1. Common Core State Standards – more on this in future articles

2. New Contracted lunch program – article in this edition of the paper

3. Elementary building to open in fall of 2013

4. Kinderstart program to help our students adapt to the rigors of education

5. Initiated Measure 15 – sales tax earmarked for Medicaid and education

6. Referred Measure 16 – repeal legislation dealing with educational initiatives

I will write more about these in upcoming issues of the Miller Press, but I wanted to list them here today. As you can see, many decisions are being made about the future of education in our country, state, and district. This cannot be done with one leader, one voice, one opinion. Thankfully, there are many voices, many leaders, and many opinions mapping these paths.

Black and White was great for the Dick Van Dyke Show. In the world we live in now, grey is the way it needs to be. It is the color of compromise and collective decision making. Thank goodness for that.