From The Desk of Dr. Trice Butler

Superintendent, Wilburton Public Schools

March 2020 – It’s Time for the Census

From the Superintendent’s Desk

“Be Counted or be Counted Out.” Rev. Cecil L Murray

Make Sure We Are Counted

Beginning within the next two weeks, you will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. The Census is our opportunity every ten years to make sure the federal government has an accurate count of how many people live in our community.

On the surface, it may not seem that important. Can it really make a difference if there are 1,000 people in the community but only 800 have been counted? The answer is, yes.

The population numbers obtained through the Census are crucial. They are how decisions are made about the allocation of resources. It is how the federal government decides if Wilburton, Oklahoma, or Anchorage, Alaska needs more funding for roads, infrastructure and education.

It is important that you not only complete your 2020 Census survey, but that you complete it accurately. The Census Bureau has many great resources available to help you determine which members in your family should be counted at which addresses. It is important to count family members of all ages.

Some people are concerned about filling out Census surveys because of the information you are required to provide. It is important to keep two things in mind. First, filling out the Census survey is required by law. Second, the information you provide is kept confidential. The Census Bureau does not share individually-identifiable information with other government agencies.

If you have questions or need more information about the 2020 Census, the website is www.2020census.gov. It’s a good place to start.

Thank you in advance for completing the 2020 Census and helping to ensure our community is counted.

“Right and Wrong are not the Product of the Census.” Terry Goodkind

Dr. Butler