We may argue the future of the Warren County School District or any one of its schools. We may gnash our teeth and snarl over policies we believe are wasteful or just plain wrong.
But, there is a final product from the Warren County School District we cannot challenge: The young people who pick up diplomas and continue on to jobs or some form of post-secondary education.
For years the Community Foundation of Warren County has provided scholarship funds to thousands of Warren County students headed off to colleges, universities and trade schools. The foundation sees it not only as philanthropy, but as an investment in the future of this county and the nation.
No, not every one of those students will return to the county after they graduate from college, but they will put their studies to good use somewhere in America, and we can be proud of that.
So, it is with great thanks that the Times Observer welcomes the Community Foundation as a partner in its Student of the Year program. For the past several years, this newspaper has honored exemplary young people from every high school in the county each week during the school year. At the end of the year we select one from among them as Student of the Year and present them a $1,000 scholarship to the post-secondary institution they will attend. The partnership with the Community Foundation will double that amount.
We said in a recent editorial that when it comes to education, we are all in this together. That opinion still stands.