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When a School District is a Family

March 23, 2014

It has been a tough few weeks for Saline Area Schools and it has nothing to do with test scores or teacher evaluations or budgets, etc.  It doesn’t even have to do with snow days!  The passing of David Jodway, recently retired and legendary welding teacher.  The tragic and shocking passing of Jim Letcher.  Then the loss of Andrew Kargel, Saline parent, a teacher and husband of our own Mrs. Kargel.  All have sent shockwaves and sadness through our community.

As a community and an organization we have been in pain.  Sadness and loss… We have lost three individuals that gave their lives to educating students.. they were fathers and husbands… they were good men who left those who came into contact with them better off for having known them.

Over the last few weeks I have been reminded that we are a community and a family.  I am proud to be a member of this community.  As I watched our staff, parents and students come together to honor those that we lost and comfort their families – I saw a caring community that knows that a school district is more that buildings, buses and budgets… it’s a family.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sherrie Diuble permalink
    March 23, 2014 7:54 pm

    Very well said Mr. Graden, I couldn’t agree more. Our school district really is a family and comes together to support one another. I feel blessed that my children have the privilege to be a part of it : )

  2. Grace Greaves permalink
    March 23, 2014 8:21 pm

    Well said. I would also like to add that I commend the District and those that were involved for keeping the press away from our high school kids and off the campus as well as they did during the recent news about the 3 students that were involved with the death of the MSU student. There is so much pain surrounding the situation in every aspect and with everyone immediately involved. It was the right thing to do for our kids, the fellow classmates and the community. Thank you.

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