In recent weeks, Estherville Lincoln Central superintendent Tara Paul has been going on the road to ask district patrons what they think about ELC and what they would like to see improved about the district.
That shows a lot of faith in district patrons - plus a lot of character on the part of district administration. Probably the best thing, though, is that it gives patrons a sense of ownership of the school district and how it works.
If you have an opportunity to give your opinion at any of these forums, please do so. It's a lot better to say what you think rather than sit and stew - nothing gets done that way.
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a time to make your teen aware of personal limits and how to treat dating partners.
The problem with this issue is that very few see it as a problem - that is until someone's daughter comes how with a black eye - or worse.
Teen dating violence - and dating violence in general - is a very real problem, though, and one that parents need to address before their teens start dating.
How parents act as role models is the first step. Is there a healthy relationship between Mom and Dad at home? If both parents aren't in the home (which almost seems to be the norm in a lot of communities), is there a healthy dating relationship between the parent and other adults? Do older siblings set a good example for a dating relationship? How about the media (forget that - let's not even go there).
Tragically, teens get so many negative images of dating relationships that it's no wonder that dysfunction can occur in their own dating.
So it's up to parents to set the record straight by telling their sons and daughters what a healthy dating relationship is and isn't.
It's more important than any of us could realize.