Des Moines School Board Statement to Board of Supervisors
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Teree Caldwell Johnson, Chair, Des Moines Public School Board
Statement to the Polk County Board of Supervisors
July 24, 2018
At a time when state and federal support for public education is on the decline, the partnerships our school district has at the local level are more critical than ever.
On behalf of the Des Moines Public Schools and members of our Board, I stopped by this morning to simply say thanks to Polk County and to each of you, the members of the Board of Supervisors, for being both our champion and our partner.
The financial support of Polk County has made a difference for our students and our schools.
From supporting our preschool initiatives and backing a breakfast program at East High to making playgrounds and trails possible at several elementary schools, your financial support has touched nearly every part of the district.
And while your investment of gaming dollars into our schools is valued and appreciated– our partnership is about more than money. Whether it’s the health department helping families make sure students are immunized and ready at the start of the school year or the auditor registering high school students to vote, Polk County has supported DMPS and its students in ways both big and small.
Today public schools are being asked to do more and more with less and less. However in spite of that reality or maybe even because of it, I am heartened by your belief in our district, and your willingness to support us and invest in our students and their futures!
Our district’s ability to meet our mission of equipping students with the knowledge skills and abilities to be successful at the next stage of their lives is bolstered by your support.
And so, this morning I simply wanted to say thank you for your past, present and future investments in our district.
We appreciate your partnership and thank you for all you do to support the Des Moines Public Schools.