Children are winners or losers on override vote
My husband and I are pleased, even thrilled, with the education our three children have received in the Garfield Re-2 schools. Class sizes have been small and manageable, teachers and staff are professional and hard working, programs challenging, and parent involvement encouraged and welcomed. It is our sincere hope that this will continue.
However, due to budget shortfall from state funding and low return on investments, the district is in the uncomfortable position of having to make some tough decisions.
After attending over 50 community input and informational meetings, they are asking for a mill levy override for competitive and comparable salaries, optional all-day everyday kindergarten, resource officers, transportation upgrades, fee-based before- and after-school enrichment programs and to help fund the opening of the long-awaited Coal Ridge High School.
Should the mill levy override not pass, the school board will be faced with difficult choices. Reduce staff? Certainly. Larger class sizes? Absolutely. Reduced programs and learning opportunities? High schools unable to continue with current offerings? Unfortunately. Without a doubt, the children of our community will be the winners or losers on Nov. 4.
I encourage you to make a prayerful consideration when casting your vote. Please support the children of your community! Vote “yes” on 3B!
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