To the editor:
When are the citizens and voters in the Edison Local School District going to stand up and be counted? When will they realize that our school system cannot continually survive on the money allocated from our current millage rate?
Our administration and board have consistently and repeatedly made difficult decisions for several years in order to balance the district's budget. Schools have been closed. Every department of our district has been significantly affected - teachers, cooks, custodians, aides, night building cleaners, secretaries and supplemental personnel, which include athletic and nonathletic positions. Some jobs have not been entirely eliminated, but their hours have been cut.
I would like for the residents of Edison Local to admit to themselves that they could not possibly exist on the salaries and wages they earned 20 or 30 years ago. Yet they expect our school district to do just that. Of course, I realize that real estate taxes have increased over the years due to increased valuation of our property taxes. Apparently they have not increased enough to offset the district's expenditures.
No one wants to pay more in taxes, but it is time for us to realize it is crunch time for our district. I, for one, do not want to see our district absorbed into all of the adjacent districts. We have some of the finest students and staff members around and they need our support.
I am devoted to our school district, and it is not just because I taught there, nor is it because my husband is an employee there. It's because I am proud of the standards it has set and to which is aspires. It is also because my children were the third generation to attend its schools. Yes, my parents, my husband's parents, my husband and I attended the schools in this district. Many of your families could say the same. We have all formed meaningful and lasting relationships in these close-knit communities.
Remember: If our school district is absorbed into the surrounding school districts, you will be required to pay your taxes based on where the students in your area attend school. Tax increases will be adjusted accordingly. Why not pay the taxes to our own district instead of an adjoining district?
Stand up and be counted. It is time to do the right thing. It is time to sacrifice for the good of our students. Show our students that we care. Support the levy.