To the editor:
I am writing this letter in support of the March 15 Olentangy ballot issue, and I’m asking for your support.
I am an Olentangy graduate, resident and parent. As a current board member on two school PTOs and an Olentangy Education Foundation trustee and volunteer, I see first hand the strengths of our schools. I also witness the over-crowding, long bus routes, increasing class sizes, classrooms in “non-classroom” intended areas, shared teacher work areas and lunch lines too long for the time available. I greatly appreciate the lengths the district has gone to reduce spending and overhead, and to advocate for fair state funding. But now it’s time for us to step up and support our schools to avoid negatively impacting the educational experience in the classroom.
By voting “yes” March 15, you will support three equally important parts: building to relieve overcrowding, funds for day-to-day operations, such as paying our incredible teaching staff, and permanent improvements to the 25 aging buildings.
Olentangy schools are the reason many of us moved here and remain in this area. With our very high performance and below state-average costs per pupil, families are guaranteed the most for our children at a great value.
Please fulfill your civic duty and responsibility to our students and our community by voting “yes” March 15 for our school district.
Emily Truitt Robinson