Mr. Thomas L. Hosler, Superintendent, ext. 2103, fax 419-872-8820
Confidential Secretary for Central Office, ext. 2104
Rachel S. Zickar, Director of Communications, ext. 2156
140 East Indiana Ave.
Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
A Letter from the Superintendent...
Dear Perrysburg Schools Community Members,
The hallway floors are shining. The lockers are empty and the desks are spotless. Crayons are perfectly sharp, the glue bottles are neatly stored and the marker caps are not only tightly secured, but also actually paired with the correct color. Yes, it is that time of year again, and one can’t help but to be excited for the new school year to begin.
Many dedicated staff members have been busy working over the summer preparing our buildings, attending training, maintaining our grounds, repairing our buses and equipment and making sure we are ready to go administratively. We are very proud of the work that these individuals have done this summer.
According to Mark J. Perry, Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus, 89% of the Fortune 500 companies in 1955 no longer exist today, meaning only 61 of the 500 remain in existence. Professor Perry writes: “The constant turnover in the Fortune 500 is a positive sign of the dynamism and innovation that characterizes a vibrant consumer-oriented market economy, and that dynamic turnover is speeding up in today’s hyper-competitive global economy. Steven Denning pointed out in an article in Forbes in 2011 that fifty years ago, the life expectancy of a firm in the Fortune 500 was around 75 years. Today, it’s less than 15 years and declining all the time.”
Our institution is a pillar of the community; we pass down traditions and a keen sense of pride from generation to generation. That being said, we face two truths. One, being around for a long time does not automatically equate to quality for students. We must do more than survive. Two, knowing the changing world that our students will face, we must consider how we can prepare them for this world in a setting that promotes lifelong learning, where students feel love and support. We must strive to meet the ever-changing needs of society and our students, while recognizing that to do this we must accept that the current structure to deliver instruction may be inadequate to do all that we need to do.
I have always been struck by these quotes by two individuals from different times and nations:
Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Thomas Jefferson: “Educate and inform the whole mass of people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
While the world is changing rapidly outside our school walls, the role and power of education remains timeless. We must embrace our roles and, in the midst of this constant change, continue to offer the timeless dedication that has made Perrysburg what it is today.