A toast to the MDI Regional School System
As this year clicks over into the next, I want to take the opportunity to reflect on the school system that the communities of Mount Desert Island have recently tested and refortified.
The one steady lesson of the past two years is that we may be proud of the educational vision of the schools of this region and should be always grateful for the enormous foundation of community support that sustains it – for that, unquestionably, was the mojo that allowed us to carry the day in almost every political skirmish.
But we must always bear in mind that the root of this mojo is not
Every aspect of excellence in our schools has been an incremental
For two years we have successfully defended the things that we do well in our schools and, in fact, revitalized each individual communities' commitment to them. In this, we have formalized a framework in which each school community largely retains its autonomy and no individual school can be coerced to sacrifice its own interests merely through the caprices of the school system's majority.
However, I hope that the same constitutional bedrock which immobilizes coercion will now free us to engage even more cooperatively as a coherent school system than might otherwise have been possible and carry us towards new areas of mutual benefit.
Towards that progressive effort, I hope this new year and each
I am honored by your confidence in electing me to serve as our
Let's see where that can take us ahead.
Best wishes to all for 2009,
Brian Hubbell, Chair