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Morgan Hill Unified School District Creates Resolution Affirming Commitment to Environmental Stewardship

An outdoor lesson for San Martin/Gwinn students with Planet Bee

On Tuesday, April 23rd, a new resolution will be presented to The Morgan Hill Unified School District Board of Education The passing of the “Resolution Affirming a Commitment to Environmental Stewardship” would lead to a new board policy on environmental stewardship tying in with the celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd.

The resolution was created through reflection of current and planned District practices while reviewing research related to proactive environmental actions.”We should not consider the resources in our environment ours to expend or waste, but rather they are our responsibility to respect them, share them with other living beings, replenish them, and pass them on to future generations. As an organization representing our youth and future citizens, Morgan Hill Unified School District is proud to take a lead role as a steward of our environment through this resolution,” says Superintendent Steve Betando.

There is a strong  desire among our staff and Governing Board to bring students, staff and the community together to protect our Earth and its resources. “To engage, educate, and keep the children of this community safe is our schools’ legal obligation. To help ensure the places where they play, work, travel and rest are healthy and sustained is the moral obligation of all of us,” said Board President Mary Patterson.

The statements in the resolution have also garnered support from several local agencies. “The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority applauds the Morgan Hill Unified School District for their efforts to increase environmental sustainability on school campuses and engage our next generation of environmental stewards”, said Andrea Mackenzie, General Manager. “We stand ready to partner with the District to provide environmental stewardship experiences to students on protected open space lands in the Morgan Hill area.”

San Jose Councilmember Sergio Jimenez shared, “As a local leader, I see how vital it is to band with committed partners such as environmental groups, policymakers, and importantly, schools to enact tangible change. As a local advocate for environmental preservation, I see how fostering and mentoring our youth – our current stewards and our future leaders – can make a meaningful impact for generations to come.”

Speakers interested in sharing their opinion on the resolution are encouraged to attend the Board meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the Morgan Hill Unified School District office, 15600 Concord Circle, in Morgan Hill.

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Morgan Hill is a city of just over 45,000 residents, located at the southern end of the Santa Clara Valley, 10 miles south of San Jose and 70 miles south of San Francisco. The Morgan Hill Unified School District encompasses 296 square miles and serves the ethnically diverse population of Morgan Hill, San Martin and a small portion of south San Jose. The Morgan Hill Unified School District serves approximately 8,800 students.

The Morgan Hill Unified School District’s central purpose is to educate students. In partnership with parents and the community, we create learning environments where all students learn and are empowered to achieve their unique potential. We model and nurture civility, respect, compassion, personal responsibility, curiosity and integrity in an environment of diversity, equity, and service.