With the holidays upon us we take pause and think back over the past year and reflect on a year in which history was made in electing our first African-American as president and we look forward to a new year of hope and promise for an even better America. On January 20, 2009 we will again witness a crucial component of our democracy in which there is an orderly transition of power from President Geroge Bush to President Barak Obama, a time-tested tradition that has withstood over two centuries of American history.
We are exceptionally fortunate to have many rights and freedoms, many of which have come as a result of hardship and inequities that over time have been corrected through public protest or just because it was the right thing to do. Many throughout the world do not enjoy such rights and privileges that we often take for granted. Similarly, many children across the globe do not benefit from a system of public education and the opportunities it affords to succeed in life.
A well-educated public is the very foundation of democracy. The very future and well-being of our community and our country will rely upon the decisions made by today's children as we, in turn, pass the torch of leadership to future generations. Supporting public education will help ensure that students have the opportunity to learn both academically and socially and can graduate to become productive and educated citizens.
With the future as uncertain as ever, it becomes more important to make sure each child receives the best possible education we can offer and that our children have the support of everyone in the community. Over 95 percent of our future jobs will require at least a high school education and there is no question about the need for an educated work force. Our country will continue to grow and prosper but will also become more dependent upon strong public schools systems and the productivity of tomorrow's workforce and its leaders.
In Westbury, we are thankful that the community recognized our efforts and our students' success and approved the budget for the current school year. While we realize that not everyone favored the budget and the months ahead will present many difficult challenges, we remain committed to using your tax dollars wisely while providing the best public education our children have a right to.
On behalf of the administration, faculty, staff and the board of education of the Westbury School District, we wish you the very best for the holidays and look forward to welcoming a new chapter in our great land's history and a brighter future all across America and in our own community. We relish the challenges and all the many successes that the New Year will certainly bring and hope to continue working together, as one, living up to our societal responsibilities in making sure Westbury's children are afforded the best possible educational opportunities available.