By Rose Cameron

How many times have you heard the statement: "We've never done it this way before"? Well, the reality is that we may have never done it this way before, but our world is dictating new ways of doing EVERYTHING! How many of you had an email address 15 years ago? How many of you ever thought you would talk on the phone in the car, or use the Internet in the car? Many of us remember when the only phone available to us had a receiver and cord. I remember the excitement of actually having a cord that was 15 feet long. Geez, time flies.

I have spent almost 30 years of my life working in the field of education, and there is one constant that I have noticed over the years. That constant is the excitement that is present on the first day of school. Every year without exception, students show up at their schools excited about seeing their friends, getting to know their teachers, and getting to use their new school supplies. And guess what? The adults greeting them are just as excited to have them back. From the bus driver to the principal, to every other adult that students encounter, there are smiles and happy sounds. As I walked through each campus on the first day, I couldn't help but notice how every campus looked shiny and new. Schools were painted, floors were shined, rooms decorated, and oh, the smell of those rolls cooking in our cafeterias. Our staff members made that happen. They make it happen every day.

Something else I noticed was the presence of bright blue and yellow posters hanging in our hallways, offices and classrooms. These posters contain our mission statement, vision statement and goals; our road map to success. CCISD is building a new era in education, and though we will do some things differently, not everything will change. We will take steps to meet the new budget reality, and as a first step, we are taking input on cost-saving measures. We will look for ways to save and conserve. It's the only way to survive in these economic times.

So, just because we haven't done it this way before doesn't mean that it isn't the right thing to do today. Over the next several years there will be a lot of differences in the way we will do things, but every year some things remain the same. We will always: welcome students to another school year, make sure they have everything they need to be successful, and continue to provide the best education possible.

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