I am not an expert in the field of education. I am just a parent trying to do what’s best for my child. The reason I am supporting the override to fund the school district’s budget comes down to this. In order to fund the schools at the current level, we must pass the override.
For me, this is not so much about moving the schools forward as it is not forcing them to move backward.
My son was at Miscoe Hill in 2010, when the last override failed. The education he received at that time was substandard. It is a simple as that. There is still no librarian at Miscoe. Think about that for a second…there is NO librarian at Miscoe as a result of the last override failing. This is just plain embarrassing.
One of the most important issues for me is class sizes. I don’t believe there is a substitute for one-on-one time with your teacher. Our children should not have to compete with 30 other students for a teacher’s attention.
There will be a loss of some electives at Miscoe and Nipmuc. Core subjects are critical to success, but electives can sometimes shed light on an area of interest that a student didn’t know they had. My son had the opportunity to take marketing elective at Nipmuc this year and qualified for the DECA international competition in Orlando. It has opened his eyes to a possible career path. These types of experiences are invaluable to our children and must remain part of the curriculum.
In the past few years, the district has made strides forward in an effort to get back to where it was before the recession. And now we want to tear it down again? It is unthinkable.
I understand and appreciate the financial impact on families in our towns, especially senior citizens on a fixed income. I haven’t received a raise in my pay for 5 years. If taxes increase, my disposable income decreases. It’s simple math.
However, as parents, we make many sacrifices for our children because we want them to do better in life than we have done. The foundation of this philosophy is an excellent education.
That is why I am voting YES at the Upton special election on May 18th. I urge property owners, business owners and especially parents in Upton and Mendon to vote YES. We cannot afford to go backward!