The following statement was attributed to Mr. Smith during his remarks at the September 5, 2019 State of the School Community meeting.

This Educational Foundation has been such an inspirational part of our work, donating close to a hundred thousand dollars. There are certain things that we cannot afford to support. They come up with these big checks at Convocation and award people checks based on how their growth pattern looks for young people. And these are innovative things that help move our district forward. I am always very inspired by our Educational Foundation because they don’t have to do it, but because they want to. Any time people come to you to do things because they want to, that’s a genuine love for the operation.