Schools are so much more
I hope the community will support the May 5 levy.
Keep in mind the board of education is mandated to operate on a balanced budget. Their singular task is to provide an academic education to the children of our district. We all know that schools are much more than that.
Let me share a few observations of my favorite high schools as a lifetime educator in South-Western:
•Grove City – A rich heritage and a proud tradition like no other.
•Central Crossing – The Comets have come together to create a rising star in the OCC Galaxy.
•Franklin Heights – Always an underdog. Always a champion.
•Westland – Diversity is more than a politician’s slogan. The Cougars live diversity – and it works.
If these wonderful beacons of our communities, and their feeder schools, are shut down from their activities it will be devastating. At the dismissal bell the halls will grow silent.
The only sound will be the echoes of the evening custodian as he makes his rounds.
No means no, SWCS
Once again our school board and school administration are asking the taxpayers for more hard earned money. What part of no did they not understand after the last election?
The levy and bond issue was turned down and now they are asking for it again in an economic climate that has drastically worsened. It is time they learned to live within their means. With all the layoffs, foreclosures, business failures and other negative issues impacting the everyday lives of the citizens of our district, now is not the time to be asking for more money.
The school board, the administration and the teachers always say it’s all about the children. For years they have asked the voters to sacrifice and reach into their pockets for more money. Maybe now it’s time for them to share some of this burden with the taxpayers and consider taking a pay cut for the children. After all, when they ask us for more money they are in reality asking us to take a pay cut. Now it’s their turn.
Please join me in voting no on this levy. See you at the polls.
Give back to those who give
Before you go to the polls May 5 and make your final decision about issue 15, I just want to let you know about all the great things our kids do for our community.
For the years I’ve been involved with the South-Western City Schools, I have seen children learn about the importance of charity and giving. They have raised tens of thousands of dollars through Jump Rope for Heart for the American Heart Association and have raised money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation supporting those with cancer. They have addressed global concerns with fund raisers for Katrina and for the tsunami victims in Southeast Asia. They also have been the driving force behind fund raisers to give to families in our own community who have found themselves in dire need.
They give time. Through membership in key club, their main mission is to do for others and help the community, while those in the National Honor Society must have participated in volunteer activities to even be considered for membership. They also do their own fund raising for activities such a prom, trips to Washington D.C., athletics, and more.
If this levy fails, most of these fund raising and giving enterprises will be lost; the schools will be closed to all after school activities. Our children are in need. Don’t let down the kids in our community.
Sports should not be cut
Most people do not like to hear about elections and politics, but local politics and voting can affect a community more than anything when schools have a levy to pass. If the levies fail, cuts usually have to be made, and the athletics programs are threatened to be dropped.
Some school districts, as South-Western is doing now, think about eliminating sports.
There are many negative things that can come out of a situation like this. The elimination of athletics on any of these levels diminishes the chance for a successful program at the next level.
Some schools are forced to pay to play. This limits the opportunities to those who can afford it.
The superstars may shell out the cash, but key role players or subs may not. This could create a known economic divide between students. Not every attendance area has the means to support pay to play, and they shouldn’t have to do so.
If one school does not have sports, some students will switch districts. This can do wonders for the recruiting at a big school, but it is against the rules and belittles both the game and the student athletes.
Some kids, who are looked at as troublemakers in the off season, straighten up to play their favorite sport. This often proves the capability of success and the student will keep it up on a more consistent basis.
When voting, think of the young man who didn’t drop out of high school and into drugs, only because he had a coach that cared about him. Think of the student who went to college and earned a degree because a couple of votes gave him the chance to bounce a basketball when he was in junior high.
Simple ways to save
As another levy debate rages again in the SWCS district, I realize there is one common thing that both sides are equally concerned with – money. I felt the urge to write something that might help anyone, whether or not you plan to vote for the levy.
Ten ways that a person/family can save $22 or more per month:
1. Stop buying prepared foods, find recipes online and cook basic meals from scratch (if you don’t have time during work days, then prepare enough meals for a week on a day off and freeze them).
2. Lower your cable package or cancel it.
3. Stop renting movies and check them out from the library.
4. Stop buying books and check them out from the library.
5. Buy soda, sports drinks, etc. from the grocery store and take them with you to work rather than buy from a vending machine there, or better yet, cut them out all together and refill a reusable bottle with water.
6. Instead of paying for lunches at work or school, pack lunches from home.
7. Instead of buying coffee/tea at a coffee shop or gas station, brew your own at home or at work.
8. If your prescriptions aren’t covered by a health care plan, call around to find out which pharmacy carries your medications for the lowest price.
9. Buy store brands rather than name brands and/or shop at discount grocery stores.
10. Stop going out and plan entertainment at home, like watching movies, having a video game family/friend/neighbor tournament, having a pot-luck get-together with friends and/or family, etc.
Throughout my life, I have done all of these on the list. I grew up in a frugal household with smart parents who taught me to be wise with my money and how to tighten my belt when necessary.
I was born and raised in West Virginia in a low-income family who voted for every levy that was put on the ballot. It’s probably no wonder I chose to become a teacher.