I would like to share with you my
enthusiasm for our new Westerville Board of Education and the upcoming levy. Let
me clarify. I am not thrilled about paying more taxes, but who is? I am thrilled about giving Westerville students the opportunity for a good education
and paying very little in school taxes for the return on my steadily increasing property values.
I realize that a failure of the
March 2nd levy will not only decrease the quality of education our kids receive, but will also negate all the improvements
we've made to our home during the past three years. Westerville has had many store vacancies recently, and those will be harder to fill if our
school system is faltering. So, this issue has far reaching impacts for many
aspects of our community.
My enthusiasm for this Board stems
from the fact that this is a group of hard working individuals. I want to repeat
individuals because many times they are referred to as the Board, and people tend to forget that they are human beings,
and just like the rest of us, they can and will make mistakes from time to time. But
what is exciting is how they have been able to pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and work harder to correct and learn
from those mistakes to make our district better.
I thank each one for their time,
dedication, and commitment to Westervilles kids and to our
community, and I pledge my vote of YES to the March 2nd school levy.
And speaking of pledging votes,
WEVOTE and Citizens for Schools are promoting an effort called Mine +9 to encourage supporters to pledge their YES vote and
find nine others who will also pledge, with the hope that those supporters will find nine others and so on. These names are being collected and posted on the WEVOTE web site (http://wevote2003.tripod.com/) as a show of support for our schools. I hope that each of you
will join me in having your name listed in support of the levy. New information about the levy can be found at
the Citizens for Schools web site at www.citizensforschools.org.