Another critical article or editorial in the Examiner? There have been two such articles since January.
Independence Schools must maintain focus.
The article is written by Matt Beem who is also a regular featured columnist in the Examiner. The money quote: "I’ll tell you what I think’s going on. I think the Independence School District has lost sight of its greatest asset."
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We agree with Mr. Beem. Independence will never be the athletic powerhouse that some administrators are hoping. Anyone who truly understands our community knows this. There will always be stand-outs and exceptional teams. But not the year after year after year dominance that a powerhouse would display.
Many administrators in the district come from small towns. This is not a bad thing - but it is not experience directly related to Independence which is the 5th largest city in the State of Missouri. The District is the core of this large, increasingly urban, district. For many small towns, the sports teams are the center of pride and social life. That is, never has been, and never will be Independence.
To demonstrate this, go back to the comments made by new Superintendent Herl. "This is a large city connected to a large metropolitan area, but the town is very contained here. I grew up in a small town, as did my wife, so that is a nice feeling to have here.” See April 10, 2013, Examiner Article.