This is a call to both MHSD and the votersPosted Friday, April 23, 2010, at 1:46 PM
Today as I sat on the floor of the foyer against the wall eating my lunch, I watched the roof leaking a few feet from me. When I walked to the stage this morning, I saw an entire section of the roof sitting precariously. This portion will probably fall off in the next year.
I had to tread carefully in the costume closet, because the floor is so weak it can only hold 75 pounds per square inch.
Our director gets hit with sports balls frequently during rehearsals, because we have to share our "auditorium" with the athletes.
The bathrooms are poorly ventilated, the carpet in the rooms that have it is tearing and tripping students daily.
Desks are falling apart.
My books are all worn out, except for history books.
My friend shares a locker with three others- not by choice. Last year, one of her books was removed from her locker. She had to pay for it. She still has no idea where it is.
I aide at East Elementary. The conditions there aren't much better.
But outside of the building, the grass is freshly cut, and I frequently saw it being watered, even after rain, in the fall.
To the MHSD I expect you to, if the levy is passed, to cut a little of the administrative pay, aesthetic expenses, and quit being fiscally irresponsible (like paying Mr. McCarrel during his suspension/investigation) In addition for the money, you need to be more transparent. Our schools NEED funding. They need support. But because of the irresponsibility of the district, the taxpayers are extremely wary of tossing anymore money our way. As a current student, I have seen several of my peers appalled (as well as myself) at the way the district has been handling most of their affairs.
To the taxpaers PLEASE pass the levy. Even if you don't have children in school, please. There is nothing more important than being well educated, and without this money, a LOT of programs are going to be cut. Not just extra curricular activities. In an interview I did to help my friend, superintendent James Gilbert told me, "There is nothing that's not on the chopping block."
Due to the financial emergency declaration, teachers' salaries are going to be cut. Their salaries are already dangerously low. I understand that administrators are the ones that should be seeing cuts, but we'll never get that far if the levy is shut down. Please, swallow any anger at the district for past "lies" and help save the education.
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