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Longstanding programs shouldn’t be at risk

Barb Laidlaw

Dear Editor,

Taxpayers in the Garfield School District Re-2 are being told by the school administration that if the mill levy override doesn’t pass, long-existing programs like FBLA, DECA, auto mechanics, drama club, FFA, etc., may have to be cut.

After all these years of being able to support them, why is the current administration not able to do so?

Maybe they shouldn’t fund before- and after-school day care, or maybe administrators should stop lining their pockets and put some of that money into these programs.

Has anyone out there noticed that ever since we acquired a new superintendent, our district seems to never have enough money for anything?

In this economic down time, let’s concentrate on making what we have better, then possibly pursue more money in a couple of years if it is still needed.

I would be absolutely appalled if our existing administration could not find some way to keep these long-standing programs after they have been in place for so many years. I’ve been a resident (and past student) in this district all my life and have never seen so much begging for money and frivolous spending as with this administration.

Don’t let scare tactics force you into digging deeper into your pockets. Vote “no” on the mill levy override and hold Re-2 School District accountable for the money they already have.

Barb Laidlaw

New Castle

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