City Scene: Time to focus on Folsom schools

By: Evert Palmer, Folsom City Manager, Special to the Telegraph
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Watching Folsom students head back to school this month is a timely reminder that our top-notch schools serve as a community anchor and a testament to our community values. Each year dedicated local educators provide an outstanding education for 20,000 preschool through community college students. Our high-caliber schools have earned state and national accolades for academics, music and sports. Many families cite our schools as one of the primary reasons they chose to call Folsom home. Our schools are a source of pride for all who share a goal of nurturing a healthy learning environment for students of all ages and abilities. Our students are supported by outstanding administrators, teachers, parents, volunteers and community partners including Folsom Cordova Unified School District Superintendent Debbie Bettencourt; Carl Sundahl’s Teacher of the Year Denise Auzins; Oak Chan Principal Linda Liebert; Folsom High School Football Coach Kris Richardson; Folsom Middle School PTO President and School Board Member Joanne Reinking; and local corporations including Intel, Mercy Hospital and GenCorp Foundation. After high school, many local students choose to continue their studies close to home at Folsom Lake College. The fully accredited community college serves almost 9,000 students under the leadership of Dr. Rachel Rosenthal, who began her tenure as the college’s president last month. She has impressive academic credentials and we are pleased to welcome her to our community. Your city government supports our schools in several different ways. In a partnership with FCUSD, Folsom police officers James Moher and James Dorris are visible on local campuses as School Resource Officers. They help keep our campuses safe by dealing with crime issues and serving as positive role models. Both officers are very approachable and interact with students on a daily basis. They also connect with parents at football games and other school activities. Each year the Folsom City Council acknowledges the value of youth academics and athletics by honoring high achieving students across the district. It is always a pleasure to see these deserving students and their families gather at City Council meetings for public recognition and accolades from our elected officials. An educated and involved citizenry are crucial to our community’s success. We share a responsibility to help our youth achieve their potential and to understand the importance of civic engagement and giving back to our community. Thank you for all you do to help prepare our youth to do great things for our community and to encourage them to remain engaged in coming years. Reach Folsom City Manager Evert Palmer at His column publishes the last Wednesday of every month.