City and Central High School both benefit from dynamic relationship

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A community and its public high school have a relationship by definition. The nature of that relationship is characterized by many factors, and, certainly, both entities are enhanced by a mutually beneficial, real-life interdependence that demands the best from both. The truth is one cannot exist without the other.

Cape Girardeau has invested heavily in Central High School over the years. This is evident from financial resources provided through property taxes and by additional resources provided from various individuals and affiliated groups to address special needs.

In return, Cape Central continually produces a product (graduates) marvelously rounded in leadership and scholarship. Public high schools are charged with educating all children within the district regardless of preparation or ability.

Cape Girardeau and Cape Central High School understand, enthusiastically accept and thrive on these truths. This has been the case for over 100 years and shows no signs of changing. -- From "Alumni perspective" by John Mehner, published in "Cape Central High School Centennial 1912-2012: 100 Years of Teaching, Learning, Caring!"

Since 1992, the Education Committee of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce has invited all those in the field of education to a back-to-school reception in their honor. The appreciation and support expressed by the business leaders of Cape Girardeau is an annual example of the ties between community and schools. As we prepare for the new academic school year, we are grateful for the support and humbled by the generosity of our community. And we are blessed to have a family of schools -- public, private and parochial -- that exceed expectations every day.

John Mehner is the president and CEO of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and graduate of the Central class of 1977.

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