“Great idea, but we don’t have the budget . . .”
“That would be great for our students, but we don’t have the personnel to make it operational . . . ”
“If only we could . . . ”
How many times have these statements been uttered in schools and districts across our nation in recent years? Certainly within the last two years, budgetary restrictions have created headaches and heartaches for local education agencies, administrators, and classroom teachers. No money for continuing programs. No money for additional resources. No money for professional development. No money for student services. Until the budgetary crisis is resolved, how do we address the problems at hand? Building Relationships!
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Actually, it isn’t as simple as it may seem at first. However, developing long-term meaningful relationships with the community surrounding the school – not only as a financial partner, but as an educational partner – can generate tremendous benefits. Build relationships with church communities, businesses, and charitable organizations that can support students, parents, teachers, and the school community with their money, time, or other resources. Build relationships with other school districts to share costs and better utilize resources. Build relationships within your own district to utilize the untapped resources that you already have. So many of the problems that we see in education could be solved if we learn to think outside the boundaries of our attendance zones . . . outside the box . . . beyond the classroom!