I have come to see why news outlets carry the sensational over the sentimental: that is what people want. Are people more likely to rubber neck in traffic at a terrible accident or a kid’s lemonade stand? Will we listen to the latest story on violence in Chicago or the latest work of the local Cub Scout Troop? There are exceptions to this rule of course, but people like you and me, are the reason the news is what it is.
No local topic has generated as much friction as the change of leadership in the Oswego 308 School District. I love living in Oswego and pray for our school district daily. Public school leadership can literally be a thankless job. Yet 308 seems to have wrestled with many issues publicly regarding staff, buildings, and funding.
So to go against the tide, I wanted to share some good news. I wanted to highlight our experience with Oswego 308 where the folks can’t be thanked enough, commended enough, and written about warmly enough. While our schools have problems, they also have amazing people who teach, clean, service, lead and listen, and I want to take this opportunity to share our experience.
Our new church, Big Life Community Church, meets at Oswego East High School. Ken Lesley is a building manager at Oswego East. From the moment we approached the school about leasing space, and met with Ken to talk it over, Ken has been a pillar of graciousness and intentional service. He and his staff see that the entire experience is arranged beautifully and with care. They love doing their job and have helped our new church above and beyond all the way.