To the Editor:
It is frightening to think about a dying school, which in turn becomes a dying community.
Without a good school system and well-rounded curriculum, students and parents will search for schools and communities that offer the classes, sports, arts, music, etc., etc. that the Fairmont Area School Board has voted to eliminate if the school levy does not pass on Nov. 6.
Vote yes and let the kids know they are an important part of the future of our community and our country. If Fairmont does not offer students the programs that may be eliminated, many students will look to open enroll in neighboring schools, or their parents will seek employment in communities that offer their children a fully-rounded education, thus leaving empty homes, lower home values and yet higher taxes because of a lower population having to carry the burden.
When we chose to relocate to Fairmont 35 years ago, one of the major criteria in the decision-making process was the school system, along with the employment opportunities that Fairmont offered at the time. If the school system has to continue to make cuts, what kind of school system and employment opportunities will there be in the future to not only draw people to Fairmont, but also draw new business and industry, let alone any incentive for existing businesses to expand in Fairmont?
If you vote no on Nov. 6, rest assured, real estate taxes in the future will be even higher than they will be if you vote yes to retain the programs Fairmont Area Schools has in place today.
We must remember others before us paid their taxes so that all of us and perhaps our children and grandchildren were able to receive a quality education here in Fairmont or elsewhere.
Nov. 6 is the time to vote yes and assure the kids in the Fairmont Area School system today and in the future have the same or better opportunities than those before them.
Vote yes Nov. 6. We will.
Roger and Carol Voss