Student urges `yes’ vote on override |

Student urges `yes’ vote on override

Graham Riddile

Dear Editor,

Here’s some straight talk on the proposed Re-2 mill levy override from a Rifle High School freshman.

If it passes, sports, activities and programs continue, classes stay small, paraprofessionals are employed.

If not, they’ll disappear or require a user fee from participants. Some of the activities affected could be Destination Immigration, FBLA, VICA, DECA, FFA, drama, band, sports, AP classes. The district could be forced to charge substantial user fees for anything but basic academics.

Smaller sports and less-popular programs could disappear along with support staff. Class size will increase. Advanced classes, field trips will all go. Students may have to rent textbooks.

Talk to a kindergartner’s parent: You’ll find out it’s much more than day care. It gives students a solid start.

User fees may be substantial. The amount assessed to property owners will be far less than what most families will pay for their children’s participation in what we now take for granted.

Mr. Talbott questions the ethics of teachers who reside in the district voting on this issue. He also doesn’t think renters should vote. That shouldn’t even be an issue. The right to vote belongs to every American.

Those of you speaking out against the mill levy, please stop making accusations and excuses and admit you just don’t want to pay. This isn’t money our schools want. This is money our schools need.

Please vote “yes.” Not for the teachers, administration or Dr. Pack. Vote “yes” for the students.


Graham Riddile

New Castle

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