To the Editor: Principal seeks 'yes' levy vote
Written by Jeff Dever, principal   
Friday, 03 May 2013 08:49
To the Editor:
I urge our community to vote for the school levy on May 7. Our district relies more on local property taxes than in the past because of diminished funding from the state.  For many years we were on a 1998 fiscal guarantee. However, the real issue is that we should maintain our schools in a way that was consistent in the past. My building has lost 18 teachers since 2004-05 school year. We have cut coaching positions and other supplemental contracts. Our district leadership is very frugal and we constantly look for ways to cut expenses.
I am dismayed by the vitriolic opposition to this levy, especially because it comes from one segment of our community that opposes any type of increased tax. Our schools provide a great education.  We need to maintain the level of quality that we provided in the past. When I resigned my commission in the U.S. Army, my commander at the National Training Center thought I was crazy. He knew the plight of educators, his wife was a teacher. My wife and I moved to Bowling Green living on her salary as I attended BGSU to attain teaching certification. At that time when she taught here in Bowling Green, my two daughters qualified for free/reduced lunches. I never thought that employees of the Bowling Green City Schools were the causes of the economic downturn in our community. If the profession of education is so lucrative, I encourage anyone to work toward the proper license and experience what educators experience, dealing with children every day.

Jeff Dever, principal
Bowling Green HS

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