Our opinion: Bright points of light

There is a lot to be concerned about in the Warren County School District; the opportunities for criticism are rife.

But, all is not doom, gloom, suspicion and questionable decision-making.

There are unquestionable bright spots in this district. You see them every week in this newspaper; you see the faces of the people who are the source of that light.

They are students.

Each week the best and the brightest lights from each middle and high school are presented with thumb-nail sketches of their accomplishments, of the attributes that will some day pay off in whatever community they settle.

The athletic achievements are pretty easy to remember, but unless you are personally familiar with any of the students who are selected as Student of the Week or any of the young people who take their learning and dedication on the road to pit their skills against their peers from other areas, you’re likely to forget who they are.

You shouldn’t.

In the last few weeks we have carried stories of accomplishments by students across the district, from every high school and several middle schools. Two students from the Warren County Career Center, who hail from Eisenhower Middle/High School will be going on to national competition for electronics technology and carpentry.

Budding entrepreneurs from Beaty-Warren Middle School’s Industry Club recently took top honors at a regional competition in Titusville involving 16 other clubs. Warren Area High School’s Envirothon Team has once again proven formidable against competition from across the state.

And, a 7-year-old from Russell has written a book adjudged to be the best effort of any first grader in the state.

Yes, there is a lot of work to do in the Warren County School District to make it more efficient and more accountable, but we hope the short-comings of the system do not detract from the accomplishments of the special young people who are the bottom line in any educational system.