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Guest opinion: District goal is to treat people well at all levels, in all roles

July 24, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Change is constant and inevitable

Each year, your Lee County School District welcomes hundreds of new students, families and employees and says goodbye to those that retire or move on to new challenges.

Each of these people has made a difference in our school system, and I sincerely appreciate the contribution they have made to support the teaching and learning of our students.

My priority as your elected board member is to support a District culture that is safe and conducive to learning; where every child and team member feels valued and empowered to teach, learn, collaborate and grow.

My service as a Board Member has been spent in large part advocating for student wellness and in particular policies and programs that prevent bullying. Naturally, I get concerned when any individual expresses that they feel bullied. That being said, it's important for us not to lose sight of what the word bullying means, lest it becomes such a buzz word that we are unable to recognize it when it really occurs.

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.

The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose (

Because individuals who are bullied often find it difficult to seek help, it is important that we are always aware of how people around us are being treated.

In the School District of Lee County, I am confident that we are working to treat people well at all levels, and in all roles.

I am proud of the efforts of our Superintendent and staff to create a culture of respect, build relationships and focus on those things necessary for the academic success of our students here in Lee County.

There are always events that have the potential to distract us from our priority - our students!

As we approach a new school year let us welcome those who are making the School District of Lee County their professional or learning home and wish the very best to those that have graduated or are moving on with their professional endeavors.

Mary Fischer

School Board Member

District 1



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