Perleberg: M&O investment will fuel public education in Scottsdale

As a member of the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board, I already know what I will be giving for the holidays this year: Gratitude.

Barbara Perleberg

Barbara Perleberg

On Nov. 4 our community supported our public schools through the renewal of the M&O override. This will provide critical funding for our classrooms that will benefit every student and serve as a powerful investment in the future of Scottsdale’s economic stability.

Our community owes a debt of gratitude to all those who worked so tirelessly to restore these funds, especially our teachers, principals, and support staff who continued to serve the needs of our children every day as the strains of funding declines hit our campuses.

I feel particularly appreciative of this investment because SUSD has been educating my family for three generations. It is home to my family’s past, present, and future. As a graduate of SUSD schools who is now an SUSD parent, I am just one of many proud alumni throughout the years who have brought their children back to the schools they knew and loved as kids. This great passion and dedication is woven throughout our schools, establishing strong roots across our district.

For my money, nothing beats the pride of ownership that I believe drives this dedication to our public schools. We, as a community, invest both financially and emotionally in the opportunities our schools provide to our children, and I believe Scottsdale is stronger and healthier for it. We have an amazing SUSD team that works hard every day to serve the needs of our unique and diverse communities.

In the two years I have served on the Board, I have been inspired by the sacrifices our incredible staff has made and the challenges they’ve overcome to keep children learning and succeeding in our classrooms.

I have great respect for those who have built our SUSD home over the years and who continue to make SUSD a special place to live, learn, and grow.  As a student in our schools, I took my quality education for granted. Now I realize that it is a privilege to attend SUSD schools — a privilege that brings with it great responsibility. It is our duty to continue providing everything our students need in order to thrive.

We must ensure that we continue to create and support an environment of success for those working so hard to educate and uplift our community.

As we in SUSD look ahead with a renewed investment, I would like to encourage us all to remember that our Scottsdale public school district is an incredible asset of which we all share ownership. Our schools are a reflection of what we value. Our education professionals work incredibly hard to build strong foundations for life-long learning in our community. With our support and commitment, they bring tremendous value to the home we built together. As I can personally attest, it has been a solid home for generations.

I strongly believe it is worth maintaining.  Of course, at times it needs repairs and renovations, as all homes do, but I still have confidence it can stand strong for generations to come.  And for that I am truly grateful.

Editor’s note: Ms. Perleberg is a member of the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board

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