To The Editor:
What makes a great community where people want to live, work and raise a family? Obviously, we all have our own ideas, but most agree a strong school system is a big part of the equation.
Our schools play a major role when professionals of all ages are considering relocating to Fairmont. Business owners and employers look to recruit and retain quality employees and they know the value of a strong local education system to meet those goals.
Personally, I have seen the high quality of teachers in Fairmont, both at St. John Vianney and the Fairmont Jr./ Sr. High School. Without question, each teacher we have met has had our children's best interests at heart and they truly are focused on their success and academic growth.
The proposed referendum is not about the superintendent or the school board, it's about our kids and community. It's about supporting our kids with class sizes that are manageable for one teacher. It's about offering support so all kids have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities - the same activities that bring such pride to our city and alumni of FHS.
From an economic development view, to community pride in our schools, I am supporting the school referendum and ask that you join me in voting "yes."
Mayor Randy J. Quiring