Our opinion: The mission first, always

Our recent series of stories on what students, parents and faculty can expect next Wednesday at two high schools and the county’s largest middle school, as well as an elementary school that is taking on students from another, gives some perspective to the breadth of changes in the Warren County School District.

What we are witnessing this year, and for the next couple years, is nothing less than a metamorphosis of the district.

What will remain after the conversion of two middle-high schools into K-12 facilities and the consolidation of four elementary schools into two, is likely what this school district will look like for at least the next 30 years.

It has been a long and torturous road to get to this point; and, make no mistake, there are more than a few people who aren’t pleased with it.

But what’s done is done, at least as far as the long-range master facilities plan. With construction well underway at Eisehower and Beaty-Warren Middle School, student shuffling about to be implemented at two of three elementary schools, and planning complete for the conversion of Sheffield to K-12, it would be foolish and wasteful to go back to the drawing board.

The district’s blueprint may not be to everyone’s liking, but the challenge now will be to adjust to the new Warren County School Distrtict.

While the district’s physical plant will be significantly different than it was only a year or two ago, the mission remains the same, and it is the mission that should be at the top of everyone’s list of priorities for a school district: provide the best possible with the resources available.