|To the Editor: Support of schools a community priority|
|Written by Sherry Frye|
|Friday, 03 May 2013 09:15|
Those in the Bowling Green School District have the opportunity this election to show our support for our schools. I hope we, as a community, will embrace that opportunity and pass this much-needed levy.
We have an excellent school system. Most recently, the Bowling Green School District was rated higher than 78% of all districts in the state of Ohio, scoring a designation of Excellent. (At the level the district scored - the top 22% of all Ohio districts -- the differences between districts are statistically very small.)
You'd expect that our per student expenditure would also be at 78% compared to all Ohio districts, but it's far less. The most recently reported per student expenditure was less than the average of all Ohio districts. In other words, we provide an excellent educational experience for our students at a cost less than the average of all Ohio districts. That, clearly, shows a district being prudent with our tax dollars.
The necessity of the levy comes from the drastic cuts in State funding for Ohio schools. We are receiving over $1 million less than we received just four years ago in State support for BG schools. Already the district has taken significant cost-cutting measures and to make up the $1 million shortfall; community support is necessary to maintain our quality schools.
And yet there is opposition to this crucial levy. I hope those who received the mailing in opposition to the levy will react as I did - with anger and disappointment - at the inaccuracies, misinformation, and distortions, and be more resolved to support our schools. It should be clear to all of us that those behind this mailing don't have best interests of the schools, or our community, at heart at all. Otherwise, they would support the very district that probably gave their own children a great education.
There can be no higher responsibility of a community than support of its schools. The success of our community depends in part on the success of our schools. Bowling Green is a good place to live and raise a family, in large part because our school district does such a good job.
Please support our community by supporting our schools and vote yes for the school levy
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