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May 23 meeting scheduled to delve into Shaker 'culture' study

To The Daily Sun,

Thank you to all who participated in the Shaker Regional School District culture survey conducted a few months ago. We are listening to your feedback. You are all driving this effort.

Through our original culture survey and the various feedback sessions planned before the end of May, we know that you have, and will continue to have, thoughtful insights. We are listening closely and are focused on the areas that you have identified as most important to our success: communication and accessibility, budget process and transparency, staff professional development, collaboration and decision making, and curriculum development and course availability.

Your feedback thus far has started great dialogue among all of the stakeholders. We have reviewed the culture survey results and have planned the following evening of feedback sessions focused on the above topics. These feedback sessions will be held on Monday, May 23, at Belmont High School starting at 6:30 p.m. Each feedback session/topic will take place in a different room to allow for smaller groups and more meaningful conversation.

If you are unable to attend the evening of May 23, you may email your thoughts to Sean Embree, SRSD School Board Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before May 23. Questions regarding the event may be directed to Gretta Olson-Wilder, SRSD Board Member, at 998-7998 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are continually taking steps to strengthen our culture, as it sets the expectations for what it means to be a part of Shaker, no matter what your involvement. Our focus is to ensure we are staying true to our mission of "Engaging All Learners to Succeed in Their Ever-Changing World."

Sean Embree, Chairperson
Shaker Regional School Board

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LHS band will be hollowed out by making it after-school program

To The Daily Sun,

It is the opinion of my inner circle that moving the high school music program to an "after school" time frame is just wrong and the school board should revisit this decision. It comes at a convenient time when the music teacher is retiring.

Keep in mind that this is an award-winning band — taking first place at Disney World this year. The entire music program is a class act which has been developed and groomed by Mrs. Debbi Gibson over many years.

Over the years I have attended the early, perhaps fifth- or sixth-grade concerts. They were painful to say the least. It is amazing how the bands improve through the years to even get the opportunity to compete in All New England or Disney World. It says a lot about the character and commitment from these kids.

When they wanted new uniforms they did fund-raisers. When they had an opportunity to go and compete at Disney World, they washed cars, baked cookies and did other funding. Of course, the community businesses contributed, but because it was for our youth and it was and still is an important program.

The Marching Sachems contribute to our Memorial Day and July 4 parades. Can you imagine just strolling up Main Street without our band to keep us in step?

Making this an after-school program will hollow out the band. Many kids must go to jobs, catch the bus, or take care of siblings. Their opportunity to stay in the music program will be drastically diminished.

One last thought is that any education cuts will have lasting effects on our children's future. Taxes will go up with or without these programs.

The future begins with the education of our youth. Do not diminish their educational opportunities.

Earl Beale


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