Norfolk School Board Addressing State Legislature

NORFOLK — Norfolk Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jami Jo Thompson is keeping her eye on the Nebraska State Legislature.

In the school board meeting Monday night, Thompson said there are 187 bills this session that could directly impact education. She mentioned several letters she has written concerning some of the bills and urged school board members to do the same.

Thompson says senators aren’t educators or trained in the field so it’s important to remind them of the concerns of educators.

“So they need to hear from us and from parents what is actually going on, what our needs are and what will best meet the needs of our students, and our school, and our communities moving forward,” Thompson said.

The legislative issues resonated enough with the board that they recommended a separate committee be formed to focus solely on legislative concerns. Those topics were formerly a part of the Policy and Government Relations Committee. Thompson also outlined her goals for the year, which were to create and implement a district communications plan, provide leadership and direction regarding a district instructional model, and to advocate for public schools within the community, state and political arena.

“We know we can always communicate more or communicate better,” Thompson said. “Public schools don’t do enough to toot their own horn, so to say, to tell our stories and talk about the great things that we have going on. So we want to put an actual plan in place to do that.”

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