I'm voting YES because it makes sense from every perspective.
•Academically, we will be assured of class sizes that provide solid
learning environments. The synergy of administrators and teachers will allow
more to focus on the true issues related to students learning and growing.
Have you ever worked at a company that had a dump for an office? And then you worked at a company with a cool, updated environment? Didn't you feel a lot more pride going to the cool, updated environment? Now think about our
students ... do you think the will be more motivated to learn and excel in a
newly updated high school facility, or in a subpar facility?
•Financially, we can either make the short-term investment supporting the
YES vote, or we can continue to flush $$$ down the toilet into our existing
facilities. Additionally, from what I've learned, there will be little, if
any spike in our taxes, as a result of the YES vote. While this will increase
our millage rate, I believe some of our old millage rates will be expiring.
Regardless, the investment is well worth it.
•Organizationally, every organization in the world is being asked to
consolidate in an effort to reduce expenses. As an added result, combining
the high schools academically, and now combining the high school facilities,
will increase efficiencies and make for a stronger high school program. My
graduating class from high school was 850 students, and we all benefited from
the economies of scale, including the resources of our facilities, teachers,
parents, coaches, community supporters, etc. that are necessary for a larger
•Real estate market and our neighborhoods - without voting YES, our
facilities will continue to be subpar for years to come. Do you think
degraded facilities will attract families into the area? Look around and
you'll see some great facilities at neighboring school districts - they are
our competition. If families don't move into the area, the real estate market
will continue to suffer, along with the property values of our homes ... and
the vicious cycle goes on.
Let's vote YES!