Citizens of Monroe, please vote yes for the upcoming replacement levy on the Feb. 13 ballot. Our students are our future and supporting them is the right thing to do. Here are just a few important reasons why I support the levy.
Health and safety: Our schools need a safe learning environment. This requires local funding for things such as school resource officers, nursing staff, safety equipment, emergency preparedness training, and more.
Extracurricular activities: Clubs and extracurricular activities are crucial in helping students develop social skills, create a sense of belonging and add to students’ skill sets outside of the classroom. Almost 1,000 students participated in over 20 clubs or extracurricular activities last year at Monroe High School alone. That doesn’t include sports! Our levy dollars make up the majority of the funding source for all clubs and extracurricular activities.
Bridging the gap: The district, by state statute, only gets dollars by: 1) federal and state funding and 2) taxes collected when citizens support the educational needs of the district. This levy bridges the gap (20 percent of the district budget) between state funding and what our district relies on to open doors and do great things on a daily basis.
We all have a responsibility to make education a priority. Our school district should be a reflection of the good people who live and work here. I am proud of our schools and their accomplishments and I want to continue to make our town inviting to businesses and others looking to plant roots here; showing that this is a supportive community who highly values education.
I encourage everyone to have your questions answered with facts. Contact a school board member, ask questions of the superintendent, attend a levy presentation, attend a board meeting, and be an informed voter. When you have the facts, you will see that it is clear that you need to vote yet to support the great work that the Monroe School District is doing in support of our students!