I am writing this letter in response to several other letters to the editor regarding Shadyside Local Schools and the upcoming levy. There is a great deal of information and misinformation out there regarding our schools. I want people here in Shadyside to know that there is a lot of good that goes on daily in our schools. Considering we have over two hundred students attending our schools from other school districts indicates that we are doing something right. And by the way, that funding is already figured into our present budget. But the word is out there regarding Shadyside Schools. I personally came out of retirement to work at the high school because I knew the calibre of student with whom I'd be working and the calibre of teaching and administrative staff with which I'd be working. When a person works somewhere because he wants to and not because he has to, that speaks volumes for that particular work setting.
I understand that economic times are difficult and that people should spend their money wisely and that difficult choices have to be made. But if the one gentleman who says to "vote with your pocketbook" has made his life decisions based on that premise, he has missed out on much of what is truly important in life. I believe we should have no higher priority than investing in our children's future.
For those of you who are considering not supporting the school levy, I invite you to go to any of our schools, spend a day, talk to the students and teachers, and sit in on a class. And if you still cannot find it in your heart to vote yes, then walk back into any of those classes, look those students in the eye, and tell them, "I am not going to support your education."
We are at the mercy of a governor who is not a proponent of public education and a legislature that apparently doesn't seem to care about funding our schools the way they should be funded. Until those two entities decide to help public education in the State of Ohio, then school districts will continue to ask their communities for help. We have cut back and saved as much as we possibly can for the past three years. We are bare bones right now.
One last point to be made to the gentleman who made the "pocketbook" remark: I can guarantee that there is not one teacher in this or any school district who chose his or her profession based on his or her pocketbook.
I would ask you the voters to vote your conscience and support everyone's future. Thank you.