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November 27, 2014

Did you notice the change at Hitchcock High School?

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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 1:23 pm, Thu Jun 12, 2014.

A trustee of one of Galveston County’s educational institutions recently made a point about the costs of operating public schools.

If you think the product is worthless, by all means cut costs. If you have to produce something that’s not worth anything, by all means spend as little as possible.

But if you think the product has real value, you can make a case for investing in it.

The trustee’s observation came to mind in reviewing a dramatic change in the culture of Hitchcock High School.

Two years ago, 25 percent of the graduates went on to college.

This year, that figure is 91 percent.

The difference?

The school district teamed up with College of the Mainland to hire one person and put that person in charge of helping students get to college. That dramatic difference largely came about at the cost of one person, a college adviser based on a high-school campus.

The cost has been funded by a grant. If it’s not extended, the school district is going to have to make a choice — and school officials have already said they’re going to try to find the money.

Part of the value of education is in its ability to open doors — to create opportunities. It can help people to become better tomorrow than they were yesterday.

The story of the change in Hitchcock is a reminder that public education is something of value.

• Heber Taylor