By Bernie Patterson
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
Benjamin Franklin’s words of 250 years ago resonate today. Education is the key to success in life. It serves as the ultimate equalizer for the future, regardless of background or socioeconomic status.
Public education, whether at the kindergarten through 12th grade level or higher education, is a great value. Educating our children is one of the most important things we do as a community. The degree to which children successfully learn and grow in primary and secondary schools relates directly to how well prepared they are for their next level of learning, whether at a university, technical college or in the workplace.
A quality education system is centered on qualified, caring teachers. Well-maintained, safe facilities, up-to-date technology and adequate space are reasonable expectations.
Stevens Point Area Public Schools share some of the same challenges the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point faces. We’ve both had limited revenue increases over the years and grappled with expenses that exceed revenues. In the university’s case, declining state support and frozen tuition have limited our revenue stream, necessitated cost-containment measures and left positions unfilled.