I strongly support the high school levy for Kalispell Public Schools. As a parent, I appreciate how Flathead High School challenges my daughter academically and exposes her to new challenges and opportunities in the rich variety of extracurricular activities. It is rewarding to see her excited about new concepts, succeed after setbacks, and take on leadership roles. I feel confident the education our high schools are providing is preparing her to become an adult and a citizen of our community.
As the director of the Flathead Youth Home, I am aware of how our high schools work with youth who at times need more support due to trauma in their lives. I have been impressed by the professional and caring conduct of the administration, educators, and supporting personnel. They are distinctively aware they are responsible for educating all the youth who come to Glacier High School and Flathead High School, those who are excelling in IB and AP courses to those with special needs.
As the board chair for Kalispell Public Schools, I know how conservative our schools are in spending taxpayer money. Trustees and administration went through an extensive process the past two years to trim the budget to bare bones without sacrificing the course and activities our youth need to learn and excel. I am proud our graduates are ready to pursue diverse individual interests of higher education, the trades, or the work force. It has been 12 years and 300 additional students since our last general fund levy passed. I urge our community to support this levy to keep our schools the high achieving centers of education they are.