Legendary football coach Bear Bryant once said, “when you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it: admit it, learn from it, and don’t repeat it.” The communication mistakes surrounding the hybrid return to learn plan sparked multi-level miscommunication, controversy, and fear within the Portage school community, and the Board is looking forward with optimism. “We are committed to all the people we represent – students, parents, teachers, staff, and administration,” said Droppers. “We want our students to have the best educational experience that we can provide. We want our students to be back in school, but we need to make sure that this is done as safely as possible.” In this case, everyone involved seems to have admitted their mistake. Going forward, only time will tell if they learned from it and are committed to not repeating it.
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The Northern Light wishes to thank all of the district administrators and school board members who contributed to this article in the interest of transparency, accountability, and community-building.