The Moore County chapter of North Carolina Retired School Personnel met this week at the Moore County Schools Board Room. I am proud to have been a member of this organization and its sister group NCAE since my retirement. I am also a Life Member of the National Education Association.
As retired educators, we take pride in continuing our advocacy for children, families, teachers, and schools in Moore County and across North Carolina. We wholeheartedly endorse such positive initiatives as the Growing to Greatness Goals shown below. These were developed by our Board of Education under the guidance of Dr. Susan Purser, our superintendent.
As our members gathered for this fall meeting, I provided some keyboard music in the background. There were refreshments to be enjoyed, many informational sheets to be passed out, and most of all, old friendships to be renewed. Some in the room have been retired 25 years or more, meaning they have known each other as long as half a century!
Believe me, their compassion and concern for our public schools has not waned with the years out of the classroom. We are as committed as ever to the mission of our schools in fostering the growth of happy, successful, and productive citizens. Because that is the broad purpose of all public education, a worthy and noble purpose we all share a stake in.
Our president, Sandi Keyser, is as dedicated a leader as can be found. She keeps us up-to-date and on our toes with her contagious enthusiasm.
Attendance was quite good this crisp fall morning. We have many more members who can't get out much any more, but they are just as interested in what's going on in educational circles.
We were pleased and honored to have Dr. Susan Purser as our guest speaker this morning. After a 41 year career in education, Dr. Purser will retire this December.
She has lent her own wisdom in adding stability to our school system in very trying times. She has not played "the blame game" with either our county commissioners or the state legislature. While quietly, but urgently advocating for our many needs, she has managed our shrinking resources with skill.
She spoke of many issues: budget concerns, our revamped transportation system, the smooth transition of our new year-round schools, and ongoing work for School Improvement Plans. We presented her with a nice serving platter in appreciation of her dedicated service and support.
I won't bore all you non-educators out there with the nuts and bolts of the rest of our meeting. But there were door prizes.
I'm thankful to have a hand in this organization of retired public servants who
KEEP ON CARING!