Don’t link Everett school bond and levy to Longfellow building

We were disheartened to see Historic Everett’s ad in Sunday’s Herald encouraging a community “no” vote as to the Longfellow Building.

Historic Everett has been instrumental in helping safeguard treasures of Everett’s past but, in this instance, they wrongly conflate the issue of the Longfellow Building’s preservation with the undeniable need to provide funding for the construction and maintenance of Everett’s public schools.

We have been supporters and contributors to our local historical society and value its work. However, with its ad, they undermine school district work to support the nearly 20,000 students in the Everett School District.

These children have no voice in the upcoming bond and levy vote, but their future is very much on the ballot. Their fate should not be tied to that of the Longfellow Building and it’s disappointing that Historic Everett seeks to do so.

Our children deserve safe, well-maintained classrooms equipped with the necessary technology to support learning and growth to become responsible citizen leaders.

We’ve all been the beneficiaries of generations of voters who have built and outfitted our schools and provided our youth with the tools they need to be successful. Let’s join together and carry on the tradition of supporting our children by supporting our public schools.

Bob and Margaret Bavasi

Everett

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