Monday, September 28, 2009

Partnership for South Portland Schools

Parents, this is your chance to be heard. Good schools are an integral part of any successful community. A school system in decline means negative population growth, a shrinking tax base, and, worst of all, less opportunities for our children’s future. To ensure that South Portland schools remain strong, a group of South Portland parents recently formed the Partnership for South Portland Schools (SPPS).

The goal of the group is to be a both a sounding board and an independent source of advice for South Portland School Department, as well as a conduit of information about South Portland schools to our community at large.

We want to be able to work on political issues facing all levels of South Portland schools, work toward the betterment of our schools, and, eventually, establish a foundation that would seek to make the educational standards in our schools some of the best in the state.

This is a critical moment in South Portland School history; enrollment is up at the elementary level, the middle schools are in the midst of several educational, technological, and safety upgrades, and, last year, our High School was placed on a warning status for national accreditation because of physical plant structural concerns. It’s time for South Portland parents to take ownership of their child’s educational experience and the Partnership for South Portland Schools will seek to do that.

The initial organizational meeting for this school year will take place on Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 PM, at the Rec Center. Please attend if you can. Ask your PTA for updates on SPPS progress if you can’t. Good schools build good communities!

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