Support for Issue 4 expressed

Support for Issue 4 expressed
                        

Letter to the Editor:

I am writing as a taxpayer, mother of both a New Philadelphia middle school and high school student, and as an educator in our community.

When my husband and I moved to the Tuscarawas Valley in 2003 to take positions as professors at Kent State University Tuscarawas, we did not yet have children. However, before buying a home, we looked closely at local school districts. We have always been satisfied with our decision to become Quakers.

One of the strengths of this school district is the community itself. My husband and I have volunteered in several ways over the years, and we always enjoy supporting our children alongside other parents at competitions, basketball games, Panstock and concerts.

However, we also have seen we have no facility that can hold our Christmas concert. Both the West and South buildings, where our children attended, have wonderful attributes. However, the trailers are insecure, and the inside temperatures in the fall and spring lead to red-faced, sleepy children who cannot concentrate.

Having one unified campus would allow for school nurses to be always present on the premises. It would allow for all elementary students to have access to guidance counselors at all times. It would also save costs and be more comfortable on heating and cooling.

Passage of the bond issue would allow us to build, with a 55 percent share from the state, modern buildings that would take our community into the future.

Let’s help our teachers and administrators give our district’s children the best education possible and at the same time give families moving to our area a reason to choose our school district.

Please vote for Issue 4 to build new schools in New Philadelphia.

Dr. Nicole Willey

Professor of English, KSU Tuscarawas

New Philadelphia


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