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Mulcaire, Rhodes served school district admirably

Editor:

Dec. 9 was the last school board meeting for Mike Mulcaire and Buddy Rhodes. We would like to sincerely thank them for serving on the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Governing Board.

Mike began to serve on the board in 1992 and has been president for most of those years. Buddy was elected in 1994 and was a strong voice for well-disciplined schools from the beginning.

One thing that both gentlemen have in common is their love of children.

We can honestly say that all their decisions and recommendations as board members have been made with the best interests of students in mind. Each has coached softball or soccer for many years. The kids on the teams have said their coaches were tough, but they were fair. Their teams genuinely liked and admired these men because they were willing to give so much of themselves which, in turn, allowed the kids to feel a strong sense of team play and accomplishment.

The staff of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District feels the same way. As board members, Mike and Buddy made many courageous decisions that moved the school district forward. It was their recommendation to implement the modified calendar after many years of study. We want our students to be intellectual risk-takers, and our governing board has set an example for us all. They are willing to try something different if the cause is a worthy one.

We would like to thank Mike and Buddy personally for their support. They were always there for us through some difficult years of salary freezes, building projects, and personnel changes. A school board member’s job is a difficult one. They need to balance the needs of the students, staff and community.

Mike and Buddy have been excellent board members who will be missed. On behalf of the district, we thank them for their service and dedication.

Dr. John Tavasci, Jr., Julie Larson

Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District

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