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Superintendent's Message

Dear Cavalier Community,

The beginning of a new school year is an appropriate time to reflect upon the purpose of education in America. In 1852, the nation's first compulsory school laws were passed in Massachusetts. However, it was not until 1918 that free public education was mandatory in all 48 states, and only through elementary school. We have come a long way in the last 100 years.

As we are entrusted with the great responsibility of educating the children of Kiski Area, it is very important to be crystal clear on our purpose. We exist to ensure that students are learning at the highest levels that they ever have. It is the responsibility of every individual who works in our organization to be committed to fulfilling the mission of high quality learning for all.

If not yet convinced, ask the question: Why? Why is it so important that every child receive the best possible education? Should a four-year college or university be the end goal for every kid? What if you reside in Kiski Area and don't have children attending our schools? Why should you care?

Whether a child aspires to be a nurse, a nuclear physicist, an auto mechanic, or an infantry soldier, children should be given a sound education that keeps as many doors of opportunity open as possible. I believe that the primary purpose of education in America is to produce productive citizens.

The United States is at a critical juncture. If we are to continue as the greatest nation in world history, we must take collective action to ensure that those who follow us are prepared for the tasks that they will face. Must we accept that the greatest generation is in our past? Although imperfect, public education remains one of society's last remaining stable social institutions. No one would argue that we need a strong military to defend our country's borders. Strong public schools are needed to prepare a citizenry that guarantees the future success of America.

In addressing the survival of a young nation, the Gettysburg Address offers words of hope to continue the unfinished work of our forefathers so "--that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." We must pursue President Lincoln's vision with a sense of urgency, for there is no greater purpose we can serve than to teach our children how to be successful people and productive citizens.

We look forward to partnering with you and offer best wishes for a tremendous school year.

Yours in education,

Dr. Timothy P. Scott