Et Cetera …

School tackles truancy

Given the troubling nature of truancy and absenteeism, we agree wholeheartedly with Fairmont Area Schools’ new effort to push students to make class on time, and not to skip it. School leaders know that a big part of life involves showing up, whether that is as a student, parent, employee, friend, spouse or in another role.

The school is limited, of course, in what it can do to influence children and teens. It should do what it can, but the most fundamental thing a child needs is quality parents, who need to show up early and often.

Move seems reasonable

Blue Earth Area Schools is considering moving its eighth-graders to the high school, where there is more than enough space and where the younger students could get a head start on their high school years by becoming acclimated ahead of time.

Nothing is written in stone yet, but we believe administrators have done their homework and, to say the least, have valid reasons for considering the move.

We hope that everyone in the district realizes that should the move become reality, the best response is to support it.

School is responsive

Some parents in the Fairmont Area school district recently voiced their concerns about Project Trust, a skit that has been put on for more than two decades. It addresses issues such as good touch/bad touch, pornography and sexting. The parents were worried that their young children were left confused and scared by the skit, because of phrasing that may have been beyond the kids’ comprehension.

We don’t believe the district would deliberately do anything to hurt kids, and we believe its response to this matter has been good. The school is working to incorporate language that is clear for younger children.

Congratulations, AGCO

We congratulate AGCO in Jackson, which will witness a $42 million expansion over the next three years, adding 75 jobs.

Among the 1,400 current workers at the facility are many from the Fairmont area. We think this once again proves that in this day and age, in the modern economy, what is essential is a regional approach. This means cities and counties within 30, 45 or even 60 miles of a major employer should remember to tout that opportunity in their self-promotion. While everyone wants a major plant to open or expand in “their” town, that isn’t always possible. A plant down the road isn’t a “rival,” it’s a good thing.