Do your part and support the schools
As a resident of Grove City, I have already cast my vote for the tax levy supporting the South-Western City Schools and urge my neighbors to do the same on Aug. 4.
My husband and I are middle-income people whose home, our greatest investment, is losing value. I understand people’s frustration and their reluctance to increase monthly expenses during these uncertain times. Good public education, however, is not a mere expenditure. It’s an investment in our young people, our community, our real estate values, and our well-being.
Unlike some of the more vocal opponents of the levy, I do not believe our school taxes are unreasonable. In fact, I am more than willing to pay additional property taxes and forgo one dinner out each month to ensure my neighbors have access to a quality education.
I do not have children in the district. My son went to Bishop Ready. Though I chose parochial schools for my child, I believe in supporting the institutions that contribute to a community’s vitality and health. Strong public schools are first and foremost among those institutions.
We all have a stake in the success of our public schools, whether or not our own children are students there. Let’s all do our part to support them.
Message from a board member
I am a member of the South-Western City School board and after four years on the school board, I have learned a lot. When I first ran for school board, I was a member of Choices, an opposition group, which believed the district was not spending money wisely; we wanted better accounting of finances and more open communication.
After my years on the board, I can honestly say our district is well-run and financially accountable to residents. I asked the tough questions and I am satisfied with the answers and am fully supporting Issue 2 on the Aug. 4 ballot. We run a lean operation and rank among the lowest in our county in terms of cost per pupil, administrative costs and property taxes.
I am proud to be a yes voter. There is so much at stake without Issue 2. I urge those of you that may be undecided, to feel free to ask your questions.