Waunakee Community School District Annual Meeting
October 19, 2015
The Grassroots Organization of Waunakee would like to ask everyone present to take a moment to appreciate the significance of what we—the community, the teachers, the parents, the school board members and staff—are doing here.
Try to think of something we do as a friends and neighbors in a community that comes close to the value and significance of public education. We cannot.
Even setting aside the obvious value to each child as he or she learns academic and social skills and about the world around them, the value of what we do through our public schools is incalculable.
Public schools serve as the beating heart of each neighborhood, bringing many families together in common cause. They provide a meeting place for all in the community, regardless of income, ethnicity, political leanings, religious affiliation, or disability. No institution other than the public school performs that critical function of growing a cohesive community from our diversity. Public schools provide benefits to people without children, as they raise the overall level of skills, competence, and cohesiveness in a community.
While public education provides shared benefits, it also represents a shared responsibility. Public education means that local teachers, locally elected school boards and local citizens who participate in school operation and governance direct, oversee and uphold the academic standards, the values and methods of operation employed in our local schools.
And, of course, public education represents a shared investment. We willingly and wisely pay significant taxes to ensure our community is well-educated. But we know that this stream of revenue continuously exerts a powerful attraction for wealth-driven interests. We know there are many who want to privatize schools so they can reroute our tax dollars to private profits instead of using them exclusively for public good.
We stand behind public education, paid for by the people of this community, governed by people of this community, delivered by people of this community, and for the benefit of this community. We thank the school board, the teachers, the staff, and all the involved parents. We will always stand with you in the interests of public education.
Sunday night, September 27, the Grassroots Organization of Waunakee (GROW) will show the award-winning documentary “Food Chains,” an informative and uplifting story of an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers who formed a grassroots labor organization to partner with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for laborers in Florida’s tomato fields.
Following the movie, UW Professor Lydia Zepeda will provide comments and lead the discussion. She is a professor of consumer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in sustainable consumption, organic and local food systems, consumer-supported agriculture, family farm labor, labor policy, and other issues.
6:00 PM, at the Waunakee EMS Community Room, 200 North Klein, just north of the post office in Waunakee. See you there!
Wisconsin’s air, water, land, trees, wildlife, and open spaces are valuable to everyone who lives here, breathes, and drinks. They are also valuable to businesses that use them. How do we make decisions about who gets to do what with or to our state? The Grassroots Organization of Waunakee (GROW) will host a conversation with George Meyer, former head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources, on Sunday, September 20 at Lucky’s Bar and Grill, 1008 Quinn Drive, Waunakee, 5-7 PM (finished in time for the game.) Meyer will speak and take questions regarding current issues in access to resources and conservation. Open to the public; no admission. Order food and drinks from the menu.
Concerned about police violence and eager to take a proactive approach to police/community relations in the Waunakee/Westport area, the GROW invited Waunakee Police Chief Kevin Plendl to spend an evening with the group. Discussion was honest, energetic, and productive: the participants say it was one of the best such discussion meetings they have ever had.
Among other things, Chief Plendl explained how very important the hiring procedure was in shaping a responsive, responsible police force and described the role of the village’s Police Committee in hiring.
At last week’s GROW meeting, member Nila Frye announced that she had been appointed to that committee! Congratulations, Nila!
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