Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Superintendent: We Must Not Take Dorchester's School For Granted

Daryl Schrunk took over as superintendent of Dorchester's K-12 school at the start of the 2016-2017 school year.  Today, we feature a guest editorial from Mr. Schrunk as he gives our readers his thoughts on Dorchester and its school after several months on the job.


A couple of definitions of the word “community”...
  1.  A group of people, living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common; 
  2.  A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.    
Wow -- does this describe the community of Dorchester.  

First of all, on behalf of the students and staff of Dorchester Public School, I would like to thank you for all your support.   Most recently, the support given to our student-athletes during the basketball season.  I was so impressed with the Dorchester crowd cheering on the teams, whether we won or lost.  

Dorchester Public School is a place where parents and patrons come together as a community to celebrate the successes of our students, both academically and in all the extra-curricular activities we are fortunate to offer.  I know our students appreciate their supportive community and the generations of Longhorn pride that exists throughout their school and town.

As the definition above indicates, a community has a feeling of fellowship with common attitudes, interests, and goals.  Having a school in Dorchester is something we must not take for granted.  We need to cherish our common beliefs that have maintained this school for many generations.  
The community has a vested interest in maintaining a quality education for our most precious natural resource -- our children.  We share the common goals of providing opportunities for all students to reach their greatest potentials.  

Our ultimate goal is to produce productive members in this ever-changing society.   We want to send into this world young men and women who have characteristics of pride, respect, integrity, decision-making -- all of which will lead to their success.  As mentioned in a recent newsletter, it is vital we work together to continue our commitment to a quality education.  

I like to say that Dorchester Public Schools are “the best kept secret.”  We have low student to teacher ratio, averaging 13 students per grade level.  My goal is to increase enrollment, yet keep the strength of low class sizes in our safe, caring community of life-long learners.  

I would be delighted to visit with you more about Dorchester Public School.

Daryl Schrunk

(402) 946-2781

1 comment:

  1. Its nice to see such a positive caring attitude coming from our new superintendent. Mr. Schrunk comes across in person as truly caring about our kids and community and his comments and attempts to grow our district reflect this.
    Hopefully we will be able to take advantage of our closeness to other districts and pull students out of Crete and our neighbor to the west as their superintendent and board cut programs and teachers to save a buck.


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