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May 2, 2014

OUR VIEW: Questions answered at forum

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater Superintendent Ann Caine should be commended for explaining school issues, policies and budget matters at the League of Women Voters forum Tuesday at the Stillwater Community Center.

Forum moderators Martha McMillian and Gladeen Allred asked Caine and other administrators a wide assortment of questions that were submitted by the public.

Forum organizers said approximately 80 questions were submitted in advance of the event, covering an array of topics such as the purchase of property, grade alignment, standardized testing, school resource officers, state aid for common education, a $1.5 million cut in the school budget, block scheduling at the high school, classroom sizes and freshmen at the high school.

Although Caine and other administrators fielded many of the questions, many more were left unanswered because of time restraints.

But Caine said those questions will be taken back to the district offices and answered in the FAQ section of the district’s website at www.stillwaterschools.com.

Public school issues have always been a concern for Stillwater residents, and that’s a good thing.

It shows that residents in our community care about the education of our children.

Sometimes that concern can get vocal, especially in times when state funding can’t seem to keep pace with an ever-growing student population and school districts struggle to make ends meet.

But asking tough questions is a great sign that Stillwater residents care about education.

It’s also a great sign that school administrators take the time to meet the public in person and answer those questions.

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