• Wednesday, October 24, 2012

We’ve all seen the TV ads that go through a list of things, the last of which is deemed “priceless.”
When we think of what’s priceless in our life, our children come immediately to mind.  Our guess is, yours do too.
After all, can you imagine putting a monetary value on your children?  
And yet, that is precisely what a small group of dissidents is trying to do with their opposition to the Nov. 6th School Improvement Referendum.
These negative naysayers are trying to convince the good people of Berkeley County that our children are not worth the investment the School District wants to make to improve our schools.
They’re doing it with fear.  They’re doing it with misleading and inaccurate numbers.  And they’re doing it with a slick out-of-town consulting group that specializes in killing school improvement efforts.
We are confident that Berkeley County voters are smart enough to see through this smokescreen of deception.
Berkeley County voters recognize that our kids are being held back by overcrowded classrooms.  They know that better teaching occurs when teacher-student ratios are more manageable, and children are in properly equipped classrooms, rather than temporary trailers.
Berkeley County voters recognize that when our overcrowded schools need to convert their computer labs to classrooms, students are deprived of the high tech learning they need to compete in today’s challenging world of work.
And Berkeley County voters recognize that many of the children in our community need to drive long distances to attend a school, because we don’t have schools anywhere near those kids’ homes.
The School Improvement Referendum changes all of that.
And that’s why so many Berkeley County voters support it.
The School Improvement Referendum will make significant improvements to 29 schools throughout the County.  And it will build five new schools to serve those areas where there are no nearby schools.
As a result, we’ll have smaller classrooms, no more trailers, safer schools, more high tech learning, and the better teaching that comes with improved facilities.
Are our children worth it?
We say, “YES!
Before getting fooled by false numbers and fear, give some thought to the facts and the feelings.
The facts are, our schools – many of which are more than half a century old – are overcrowded and unable to provide the kind of learning that makes our kids competitive today.
And the feelings are, our love for our children...our pride in them…the priceless joy they bring to us…and our profound desire that they should have every opportunity for successful, happy, and fulfilling lives.
Join us, then, in working for and voting YES for the Nov. 6th School Improvement Referendum.

Jane Pulling, John Matthews and Chad Vail are co-chairs of Yes4Schools2012Campaign.  For more information, visit www.Yes4Schools2012.com.

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