A Message From Dr. Bell  

April 18, 2017
Well, another year of March Madness has come and gone at ESU 10. The last time I looked I was mired solidly in 18th place so my trophy from last year will be headed to another office soon. It’s always fun to have this friendly activity in the building. And yes, my wife beat me again!  

At the time this article goes to print, ESU 10 staff will have completed all 33 school district visits. Now comes the time when we sift through all of the information to make informed decisions as to how best allocate resources to meet the identified needs. All information will be shared with staff. We are also in the process of developing an executive summary that will be shared with all stakeholders. We really do appreciate school district personnel participation in this process. We can only improve when we do “partner with stakeholders to meet changing needs through professional expertise in providing services, learning opportunities and support.”

Please note two items of interest on the ESU 10 website. The first is a golden opportunity for anyone out there who lives in ESU 10 Board Election District 2. Due to the untimely death of the current board member, Darlene Boroff, we now have a vacancy on the board. The district surrounds the Grand Island area to the south. There is a map enclosed on the website that specifies the area included in District 2. Please complete the application questionnaire if you have interest in helping lead this fine organization. Contact Wayne Bell if you have any questions about this board member position. The current board will choose the replacement member to serve until the term expires December 31, 2020.

The second item of interest is an annual event. ESU 10 replaces a vehicle each year. The discarded vehicle is offered to the public through the use of a sealed bid process. The vehicle this year is a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander that has been driven for about 135,000 miles. It is parked in front of ESU 10 and can be test driven anytime during business hours. Bids are accepted until April 17, 2017. The ESU 10 Board of Directors will open bids and award the vehicle at the April 20, 2017 meeting.   

I had the opportunity to once again attend the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association Spring Conference.  This annual event provides excellent information on a wide variety of topics. A majority of the ESU 10 area school districts participate so it is good to share this learning opportunity with all of them. There were so many good parts to the program, but this year I will highlight one of the keynoters, Rob Bell. I’m sorry to say we are not related, but he would have made a fine addition to my part of the Bell clan. He had some great stories and shared his thoughts about the four qualities he thought all great leaders possessed: Vision, Passion, Communication, and Consistency. It made me evaluate where I stand on those four attributes! He also had some great one-liners:

People want to be around positive people.
Change is inevitable – Growth is optional.  
Listen and silent have the same letters – we must be truly silent to listen.
             …and my favorite definition,   FAIL = First Attempt At Learning!

Enjoy those April showers (except during track meets) and we will soon be enjoying those May Flowers!

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