As a district, we need to continue to invest in professional development of our staff. I am a very strong supporter of the investments we are making in Orton Gillingham training and thankful for the teachers who are taking their time to learn it. It is an excellent approach to helping students with reading difficulties. I would love to see us add more paraprofessionals, especially in the lower grades, so that we can identify and work through challenges sooner than later. Finally for gifted and talented I believe the curriculum committee should reevaluate the entrance criteria to make sure it reflects what we want as a community.