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NSEA president, Jenni Benson, left, and vice-president Robert Miller visited the school in Wauneta, where Miller grew up.
NSEA representatives visit Wauneta, Imperial
At the beginning of each school year, the executive team for the Nebraska State Education Association in Lincoln travels across the state to talk with teachers, media and other representatives of the school districts about education issues that may be impacting them, said Robert Miller, vice-president of NSEA.
Miller and NSEA President Jenni Benson, decided to take a southwest Nebraska loop, making stops in a number of towns to meet with members, locals and media.
Imperial and Wauneta were two of their stops in this area.
NSEA is a member-directed professional union representing 28,000 public school teachers, higher education faculty and other education professionals across the state.
“Our goal is to promote our public schools and the value our communities place on their schools,” Benson said.
“NSEA’s mission is to ensure all children and families have opportunities for success no matter their geographic location or the diversity of needs,” she added.
Benson explained that NSEA has the same role for big or small schools — to make sure educators are prepared to provide the best education possible.
Benson and Miller discussed several topics rural school districts are facing including protocols for COVID-19 issues, Benson said.
“Safety and security for teachers and students are our top priority regardless of the source of the threat,” she said.
“We want kids in school but safe.”
Each local district is unique yet faces similar needs to those across Nebraska, Miller said.
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