|To the Editor: BG Schools Foundation board backs levy|
|Written by Chris Gajewicz|
|Thursday, 02 May 2013 09:35|
As tax money continues to be redirected to balance the state budget, the responsibility to fund our schools locally has provided an opportunity for the citizens of Bowling Green to make a decision.
As president of the Bowling Green Schools Foundation, I have seen the generosity of this community first hand. Much the same as athletic and band "boosters" organizations develop private funding to supplement these programs within our district, the Bowling Green Schools Foundation develops private dollars to enhance academic programs through teacher grants for special classroom projects and through scholarships for graduating seniors. It seems certain that one of the ways our community should be creatively tackling the oncoming funding challenges is through the continued development of public/private partnerships.
That being said, even with the generosity of individuals in our community who have given their private dollars in support of our schools, the hole left by the state's cuts is still quite large. Our administration has done what it can to save money by closing schools and selling off property assets. Teaching and administrative positions have been eliminated as employees continue to retire or leave the system. To be sure, the school district has tightened its belt. But it's not enough.
As a local community, we should be dedicated to making certain we continue to do all that is necessary to maintain our "excellent" rating from the state. We need to meet challenges as they are presented and trust in our district's leadership to make the best decisions for our students.
The Bowling Green Schools Foundation encourages a positive vote for the levy on May 7th. Our students, teachers, and administrators are counting on this continued funding to maintain the educational standards we currently enjoy. Our children deserve no less.
On behalf of the Bowling Green Schools Foundation board,
(David Anderson, Kori Atwood, Bob Blinn, Dale Klopfer, Deb McLean, Laurie Newlove, Beth Ricard, Paul Reinhart, Nick Snyder, Melanie Stretchbery, Dan VanVoris, Paul Walker, Cheryl Windisch, and Martha Woelke)
Chris Gajewicz, President
Bowling Green Schools Foundation
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