On behalf of Stillwater Public Schools administration, the Board of Education, staff and students, I would like to thank the citizens of Oklahoma for their continued love and support during our time of tragedy. Throughout these tough times, I was constantly reminded of the caring state we live in and thankful for the support our students and staff received.
As Stillwater Public Schools moves forward through the healing process, we'll stay focused on creating a thoughtful and proactive plan, instead of reactive. We'll examine our current practices as they relate to helping students. The majority of our counselors' time is spent on career awareness, state testing and class schedules. Creating a plan so that counselors are more readily available to students is something we're discussing. Stillwater Public Schools is also reviewing the training our staff receives in the areas of suicide and depression awareness.
Stillwater Public Schools is a high-performing district in academics, the arts and athletics and we'll continue this expectation. However, the bottom line is relationships with students. Our goal is to have all of our almost 6,000 students positively connect with at least one adult in our system.
Ann Caine, Stillwater
Caine is superintendent of Stillwater Public Schools. Eighth-grade student Cade Poulos died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sept. 26 in a Stillwater Junior High hallway.