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Many thanks
September 6, 2018

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To the editor:

As I begin this message, I want to offer my sincere thanks to the community who supported my re-election to the District 1 seat on the Lee County School Board! I am honored and humbled to continue to serve. Education is such a dynamic process - I call it my adventure!

With this appreciation comes my commitment to continue to advocate for our students, staff and our partners in education, while supporting our mission: to ensure that each student achieves his/her highest personal potential and our vision: to be a world-class school system.

The world of our business survives on leadership skills and even more on the commitment and dedication of amazing students, passionate employees, involved parents and supportive community partners.

John F. Kennedy once said, "Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future." Let's appreciate our kids, teach them to appreciate their opportunities, and provide them with a safe place to learn while involving them in their own goal setting.

We need to thank our employees. Just a few words are enough to boost employee morale and overall productivity. Taking responsibility for our own attitude is the first step to success. Creating a school culture of respect starts with the well-being of all along with continued development of relationships.

Here in Lee County, we continue to be honored to partner with parents and other stakeholders in the education of our children. Thank you for your continued interest in education.

Board members make a commitment to set policy to make system changes to meet the evolving needs of the community. Rituals and traditions celebrate student accomplishment, teacher innovation, and parental commitment.

Look at the School District of Lee County and you will note that there is a balance of strengths and success: great students, highly qualified educators, state-of-the-art equipment but also many challenges: budget shortfalls and social issues.

In essence, our schools are a reflection of the diverse general society!

Education is the key economic driver for our community, therefore it is incumbent upon us to focus on the education of youth, and this must be done in collaboration with parents and community. The synergy resulting from such partnerships creates greater benefits than each group working individually. Towards this end, we welcome students, parents, along with business and arts community members to join with us as we focus on success.

I will continue to lead in advocating for students and staff to have the tools they need to succeed. It is my goal to eliminate waste, to spend your tax dollars wisely and for every student to be safe, healthy and ready to learn!

My motto, "Connecting School, Family and Community," is my commitment to working together with you to keep the focus on our youth - who hold the key to the future.

Mary Fischer

Lee County School Board

District 1

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