To the Editor: BG schools have not mismanaged funds
Written by Jeffrey L. Nichols   
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:14
This election brings to the citizens of BG Schools an important vote regarding the direction of our school district in the years to come.  The board is seeking a 6.75 mill property tax levy to continue to finance operating expenses of our district to maintain the standards our community's children and citizenry expect and deserve.
I understand that many citizens have reservations about the economy and the recession. Personally, as a citizen, I have known what it is like to experience financial hardship. I remember pinching pennies to pay rent when I first became a hire at BG Schools 22 years ago.  As a teacher, I also appreciate the fact that our community understands that curriculum and teaching as well as all school activities make the educational process a quality experience for the youth of our community.  However, I would also argue that funding is required to provide these experiences at the level they are currently in our schools.  The BG Schools have managed their financial situation well and if one was to come to any classroom, you would see that our school has obtained our excellent ODE rating with fewer supplies and materials than some other districts.  The accusation that the BOE has mismanaged funds or budgeted poorly is just inaccurate.
As a community member, I have children that attend our schools.  I am very pleased with the quality of education and opportunities that they have as students in BG Schools.  I have always been proud to be both a teacher and parent in this system.  I think that all of us in our community should be proud of our schools and the educational opportunities that they provide to our community members both past, present and future.
This tax is needed to fund the education I want for my children, and our community. Our board has demonstrated fiscal awareness of the economic climate and has made many budget reductions in the past several years.  It cannot make up for the continued cuts in state funding and the continued mandates placed upon the schools by the state, many of which are unfunded.  
I am supporting the issue, not to be self-serving, but to be civic minded. I believe it takes a village to raise a child.   Please consider a yes vote at the polls for the BG Schools levy on May 7.
Jeffrey L. Nichols
Bowling Green

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