Yes votes on levies will build community

As a resident of the 728 school district communities, a parent of two school-aged children and an involved participant in school activities, I encourage all residents to show their support to the school district in the upcoming election. I believe most-many-all of us show our support every day in different ways. I know that support is felt and appreciated by our district School Board, district and school administration, teachers, staff, and most importantly, the students in any of the 16 schools in our district. But, we need to do more.

Voting yes to these two questions will build our community. There is a direct correlation between a quality community and a quality educational system. When you see a thriving community, you will see a thriving educational system within it.

As a parent, I have a vested stake in the results produced by our district schools. Voting yes is one way I can ensure a positive return on my investment. I have faith in the district leadership, teachers and staff to put my dollars to use in a productive way to positively impact my children’s school day.

We live in an imperfect world and what is perfect to one, may certainly not be perfect to the next. Do I wish some things were different? You bet! Thankfully, the district has opened the door for me to voice my opinion about those wishes. For now though, I’ll vote “yes” to the two levy questions and continue to partner with the district as we drive forward with the momentum created by the recently developed strategic plan — the plan we as community members had a voice in.

It seems every time I turn around, someone is asking for money and, for the life of me, I can’t find the money tree in the back yard. It is challenging. It is painful sometimes. It does require difficult decisions. In the end, it’s the right thing to do for our communities, the schools and the students. Please vote Tuesday, Nov. 6. Please vote yes to our schools! — Sandy Langer, Otsego