We urge our readers to vote in favor of the school district's supplemental levy request next Tuesday.
The worst thing would be to get complacent and not vote, since there is a solid core of 700-800 people who will vote no on just about anything out there. So, a good turnout is needed to show support for the school district.
This won't raise your taxes. It simply renews what you're already paying.
There really isn't any alternative to passing this levy if you care about the children of this community. Voting no isn't going to help them or make things better in any way -- unless you think even more crowded classrooms and fewer programs is a good thing. Classrooms already are overcrowded enough and there are far fewer enrichment programs to keep kids interested in school and trained for the future than there were five years ago, thanks to the legislature and Congress.
Still, the district has done its best with declining resources over the years and boasts one of the highest graduation rates in the valley. More than two-thirds of all its graduates go on to get additional education, either in college or vo-tech schools. That's a very good rate for schools in the modern budget environment.
When the legislature chose not to fund schools adequately, it threw the burden to do so onto the backs of local property owners. No one said it was fair, but it's up to us to act like responsible citizens and take up that burden.
In the past, the voters here have shown solid, uncompromising support for local education. We strongly urge the district's voters to go to the polls next Tuesday and continue that support for the future of our children with a yes vote on the supplemental levy.
-- Kelly Everitt