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Vote yes to support the schools

When voters passed the Summit School District mill levy three years ago, the funds were intended to build a new Silverthorne Elementary School, give teachers raises, and keep smaller class sizes, in part by putting mill levy money to maintenance and construction so maintenance would not have to be funded by the general education budget.Silverthorne Elementary School opened on time and under budget.Teachers have received more money, and the average class size is 24. To me, this represents sound fiscal responsibility because what was promised was delivered.Yes, there is the issue of paying off the former superintendent, which is an unfortunate reality. However, since then, the school district has tried to reach out to the community and answer questions, to solve problems and hear new ideas through interactive school board meetings, public informational coffees and open lines of communication with the central administration staff.I believe the youth of this community deserve the greatest education we can offer, and by voting against the schools Nov. 2, you are voting against the kids of Summit County. I hear people complaining about the school district. I hope they remember that they were educated with funds from those who had no kids in the school district, as will be their children and grandchildren. Let’s remember that public education is just that, and that is our obligation to future generations. Think about the positive changes you can make with your ideas, your presence, your moral support and financial assistance. If you don’t know some of the amazing things happening in the Summit School District, you should take the time to learn about what is going on.In the 20-plus years I have lived in Summit County, I have seen incredible generosity in the form of donations and support for the school district, yet lately I only hear from the naysayers and doom-and-gloomers. Get off your butts and get involved. Vote yes on both school finance questions, the mill levy and the bond issue, go in and be a guest reader, be a Golden Fleecer (a volunteer at the middle school), or heck – the easiest thing to do is go to a football, soccer or volleyball game. The kids and young adults need to see you, hear from you and know that you care.

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