Two Cents Worth – Aug 12, 2015

I don’t remember school starting so early back when I was a kid. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that our perception of time varies as we get older and that summer to a fourth-grader may seem like an eternity, but it still seems like its starting sooner than it used to.

Going back to school was fun though.  You got to catch up with peers you didn’t see over the summer, hear about their fun vacations, and tell people about yours.  I also really liked getting all the new school supplies and stuff.  It just felt like a fresh start to everything.

Hopefully all of the kids heading to whatever school they’re heading to are excited and happy to start a new year.  And hopefully all of the teachers and staff are looking forward to working with them to expand their horizons. I have to say, since we’ve launched the O’Fallon Weekly, I’ve had a chance to interact a little with teachers and administrators at some of the local schools.  I’m really impressed with the quality of educators that I’ve encountered.  The students have opportunities that, if taken advantage of, can be very beneficial for them in the future.

With all of that said, teachers, I have a request to make. One of the things I hear a lot is that residents of O’Fallon pay a lot of property taxes for the school districts. I’d like to showcase some of the great things you are doing in your classrooms so that the residents can see how their taxdollars are helping educate area youth. During this next school year, I’m hoping you’ll send me photos and information about some of the things your classes are doing.  For example, if you are a science teacher and its time for the volcano model, send me a photo of the kids while Mt. Vesuvius overflows. This is your opportunity to show off what you’re doing in your classrooms and for the local students.

Send any photos and information to and I’ll be glad to include them in upcoming editions.

Good luck this year to all of the students, teachers, staff, and administrators, even if you are starting earlier than you used to.

On an unrelated note, I’d like to welcome Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier to the pages of the O’Fallon Weekly.  We reached out to Mayor Vernier to see if he’d be interested in talking about all of the happenings and issues taking place in Shiloh and he graciously accepted.

While Mayors Vernier and Graham have their supporters and their critics, which is normal in politics, I’m happy they are both taking advantage of the Weekly to reach out to the residents of their towns.

If you have any questions for the mayors they can be reached at their city halls.