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Guest Editorial: Humboldt District thanks community for support

As we bid farewell to 2007, Humboldt Unified School District would like to thank our staff, families and business community for their incredible support throughout the year.

The character of our district is defined by more than numbers of students or test scores, school buildings or programs.

We have compassionate, highly skilled professionals who place our students as the highest priority, always committed to providing each and every child with the best possible outcome.

We deliver education for all, and we make every effort to deliver it one student at a time.

Before embarking on an exciting new year, HUSD is proud to share some of our 2007 "Points of Pride:"

• 6,300 students with incredible strength and promise.

• 390 highly qualified teachers.

• A high-impact, extremely engaged School Board.

• 360 competent classified employees who care for our students through a wide range of services -everything from providing nutritious meals and transporting our students to making certain our facilities are safe and welcoming places

• Hard-working, caring administrators.

• Salary increases.

• Gained a superb new finance director who is ensuring that the district is a responsible steward of taxpayer money.

• 2 excelling, 1 highly performing, and 3 performing plus schools.

• Student scores exceeding the state average.

• The 2007 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year (Mary Legler at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School); the 2007 Cross Categorical Yavapai County Teacher of the Year (JoAnn Hayden, Mountain View Elementary); and the 2007 K-3 Yavapai County Teacher of the Year (Stacy Brown, Mountain View Elementary).

• The B Bond paying for critical projects throughout the district. We are so grateful to those who worked hard to get it approved and to our voters.

• A healthy increase in our tax credit donations (thanks to all those who supported HUSD in this way).

• National Merit Scholarship Finalists; State Voice of Democracy winner; and Flinn Scholar finalist, BMHS.

• BMHS graduates attending recognized universities throughout the country (U of A, ASU, MIT, Colorado School of Mines, West Point, etc.)

• Student standouts in athletics at all levels

• Reading First Program at MVE and LVE.

• Character Counts Programs - GES packed more than 250 boxes for our troops overseas.

• Student standouts in athletics.

• Increased parental involvement.

As we look forward to 2008, Humboldt Unified School District is committed to creating greater educational benefits for our students in order to adequately prepare them for the future.

We also embrace the challenge of maintaining continued financial strength for the district in the context of our present economic conditions.

HUSD does not take lightly the fact that its parents and community entrust us with these responsibilities and is grateful for their unwavering support.

From all of us, a very Happy New Year!

Mariela Bean is the Public Relations director for Humboldt Unified School District.

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