Letter to the editor — March 13, 2019

Dear editor,

My name is Craig Marshall.  I am the superintendent of Burlington USD 244. I wanted to write this letter in support of the Iola USD 257 bond issue coming up on April 2.  

I have become very knowledgeable of USD 257 over the past two years while serving as chairperson of the KESA (Kansas Education Systems Accreditation) team. We meet yearly to discuss the district, areas of improvement, challenges in education, celebrations of the great things that are happening in Iola, and anything else related to education. I have found that the staff in Iola is very committed to an excellent educational experience for all students so they can be successful citizens in the future. The district is focusing on a number of different areas like child nutrition, wellness, social/emotional health, family engagement, curriculum alignment, internships, and other areas too numerous to mention. Education is so challenging in 2019, and the district is working hard to meet the needs of your community.