I am preparing this week’s edition of the Campus Connection on Monday, June 24. I am doing so intentionally before date of the voted levy. As the dust settles and the results of the vote are made known, the district will move forward based on the voice of the people; exactly what the board intended when they initiated the balloting process. The board and district have every intention of developing a budget and plan that best meets the needs of the students with the resources available. Most districts in the state have had, are having, or will experience financial challenges similar to ours. It is never an easy task to deal with the challenges, and often the solutions are difficult to incorporate and implement. The past few months have been hard for many of us. Politics and taxes seem to bring out the best and the worst in human nature. Having differences of opinion is the American way. It is also the American way to move forward once an election is held and the results posted. This upcoming school year will be an exciting time for the district as Dr. Doug Jacobs takes the helm as Superintendent of the Morgan School District. He is a good man with a solid background in public education. I have full confidence in Dr. Jacobs and the Morgan Board of Education as they lead the district forward. We are in fact, friends and neighbors and citizens of Morgan County. Children are our greatest resource and they hold the future to our nation. We need to work together to assure their success as adults and productive members of society. This is a common goal we can all rally around. From the wide-eyed kindergartners that will enter the schools for the first time, to the optimistic seniors who will experience their last year of high school, we owe it to them to unite on their behalf. On a personal note, I want to thank the board and public for allowing me to serve in the Morgan District for more than three decades. It has been an honor and privilege to do so. Preparing for and providing information on the levy is not something I had anticipated doing when I was appointed superintendent. Nevertheless, those were the cards handed to me, and I tried to the best of my ability to share that information with the public. I intend to support our schools throughout the balance of my life as a citizen, taxpayer, and grandparent. Morgan is a wonderful place to live and raise children. Our school system is one of the best in the state. We have great administrators, dedicated teachers and hardworking support staff. Please rally around the board and the decision of the voters in moving forward in a positive and productive manner.