The Monroe community has a school bond election on April 28. This election is an opportunity to affirm our support for our children, without a tax increase. Our old bonds are expiring and the new bonds will maintain the same tax rate.
Monroe Public Schools has been a good steward of public funds, completing many necessary improvements. However, much work remains. As a member of the 2014 MPS Capital Facility Plan committee, I participated in a thorough review of all the district’s facilities. We recommended a list of key investments to the school board. The board responded by developing this bond proposal to fund the most urgent components. Even with the great care given, everything in a building, from roofs to carpets, wears out. This bond will help keep our schools safe and effective for our community.
My two sons completed grades K-12 in Monroe. The second graduated more than 10 years ago. They received a solid education that prepared them well for productive careers. Those careers have taken them elsewhere, so I don’t have grandchildren in the school district. I am the taxpayer without a direct stake in the strength of the school program. Why do I support this bond election? I will refer back to a guiding principle the Capital Facility committee used in its work: Because it is the right thing for kids. I want the young families in our community to receive the same benefits that my sons did. Please vote yes for our schools.