To the Editor: Voters urged to support levy for new Northwood school
Written by Joel Smith   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:00
Now is the time for Northwood!!!
I am submitting this letter to the editor to bring attention to and offer my support for the bond levy for Northwood Local Schools. I am the parent of a kindergartner who also attended preschool at Olney Elementary School in Northwood. It is a small sample size, sure, but neither my wife nor I have anything but praise for the experiences our son has had so far. Every day he comes home excited about learning and raving about his teachers.
My mother, Rebecca Heimlich, is the retired former superintendent of Lakota Local Schools in Kansas, Ohio. For those that are not familiar with Lakota, they recently built a brand new state of the art K-12 facility in Sandusky County.  
The goodwill and positive daily impact is still being felt in Lakota. Teachers in the system have said they feel much more competent at educating children as a result of the opportunities available to them because of the new technology. Other community members have said they were completely opposed to the project because of the impact it had on their disposable incomes, but now, seeing the finished product, they would gladly have paid double. Regularly in the early going it was commonplace to hear comments like, "we never thought this was possible here … we are so thankful for the opportunities this will give the kids in Lakota."
The costs associated have been emphasized through many conversations leading up to this all-important vote. Several people I have talked to were contemplating moving their children to other school systems in surrounding areas. How many people are there in Northwood thinking the same thing? How many kids that should be future graduates of Northwood Local Schools might not be? How much money could we leave on the table from the state government? And how many stories of great things made possible by a new facility in Northwood are in danger of never being told?
In Northwood, we have an opportunity to do something special for our children and our community in November. Are we willing to seize that opportunity?  Are we willing to move forward, courageously and put our kids and our community first? Other communities near ours have taken that leap of faith. Why not here, in Northwood? Why not us? And why not now?
Joel Smith

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