To the editor:
As many in this community are aware, on Nov. 8, 2011, voters in the Marshall School District will be asked to address two referendum requests put forward by the Marshall School Board. The first question is a request for a continuation, for an additional five years, of the existing $650 per pupil operating levy.
This levy was voted in place in 2007 and was instrumental in allowing our school district to offer all day every day kindergarten, retain smaller class sizes, especially at the elementary school levels, and expand educational and vocational opportunities at the high school level that would not have been available through normal funding channels. Voting yes on this question will not have any impact on current taxes.
The second request is for a six-year operational levy that will help the district to attain their goals of being able to supplement classroom learning with 21st century technology and to allow for some necessary building improvements and maintenance. Voting yes on the second question would allow for a small tax increase.
There are a number of reasons I agreed to work on encouraging support of these important initiatives. Some of those reasons include that I am a local business owner, I own real estate in the district and I myself am a Marshall graduate. Most important, I am a parent of three young children who are currently enrolled in this district. The only way that this community can continue to thrive and attract individuals and families is to continue to provide first rate educational opportunities. The relationship between the success of a community and the local educational system cannot be ignored. By supporting these requests, countless opportunities are afforded our students and also, our community as a whole.
My request of you as voting citizens of this school district is that when you go to the poll on Nov. 8 you vote yes on each of the referendum requests. Doing so will ensure that the tradition of great education for all of our students continues and that our community has the opportunity to thrive as well.
The Independent will not publish letters to the editor pertaining to area school referenda after Saturday. The deadline for any submission regarding referenda is noon on Friday. We reserve the right to edit letters for content and length.
Sara J. Runchey
Co-chairwoman, School Referendum Information Committee