Support for New Philadelphia bond issue expressed

Support for New Philadelphia bond issue expressed

Letter to the Editor:

We wish to express our support for New Philadelphia City Schools and the bond issue that will appear on the March 17 ballot.

In today’s world, schools without locked vestibule entryways and the use of outdoor trailers, basements, old shower facilities, boiler rooms and hallways as classrooms do not live up to the safety and educational standards that generate our pride.

Traffic also is a big concern for our schools. Our 7-year-old son currently attends East Elementary. The traffic situation at that building is hazardous at the beginning and end of the school day. At those times it is nearly impossible for large emergency vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances to navigate Fair Avenue if an emergency occurs at the school or at a nearby home.

Times have changed, and it’s time our schools do as well.

We received great educations in the New Philadelphia School District, and we believe our son Griff is receiving a great education as well. However, the elementary schools are very overcrowded.

The overcrowding problem needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Therefore we think taking advantage of the state’s funding of 55 percent of our project to build new buildings is a win for all New Philadelphia district students including our son.

I didn’t have to attend school in boiler rooms or trailers. I don’t think today’s children should either. For these reasons we are supporting New Philadelphia’s schools by voting for Issue 4.

Go Quakers.

Orvis Campbell, Class of 1990

Michelle Campbell, Class of 1992

New Philadelphia

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