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Advertisement Letter: Respectful talk helped seniors get the switch
Op-Ed · April 12, 2013


As a school board member, I find the rewarding moments to be many. Among those are watching graduates walk across the stage in anticipation of the next big challenge in their young lives.
They also include times when someone approaches me as a board member or the board as a group to discuss a concern.

So I was very pleased Monday night to have eight seniors from our high school come to talk to the board to advocate keeping the 2013 graduation ceremony in the current competition gym, rather than moving to the new gym. They raised good points and they made a difference.

I hope they continue to stay involved in public matters, to let their elected officials know their concerns. The best arguments — and decisions — are made in a respectful discussion where all are heard. These students made their case well and that can only be good for all of us.

I’m looking forward to handing out diplomas next month — in the “old” gym!

Mike Owen, School Board President

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