To the Editor:
First, I would like to thank those in the community who brought their kids to us for school pictures. Since we were not taking pictures at the school, we offered pictures at our studio, which benefitted us and those we photographed. We offered pictures at a discounted rate from what the national company was offering, and we included coupons from three dozen local businesses, saving our customers money and promoting increased traffic for our local business community.
If you would have asked me a few months ago whether I would support the Fairmont Area Schools referendum to raise our levy to provide additional funding for the school, my response would probably have been "fat chance," given the direction the administration and school board have taken with a few decisions to take business out of our community. It involved me personally and, at the time, I was somewhat bitter.
Now, as I look at the overall picture, my focus goes toward doing what is best for our students. A yes vote on my part would certainly not be in support of the administration and school board as a whole but would be for our kids. I can't penalize the kids by basing my decision on things they don't have control of.
I am like everyone else in that I really don't care to have to pay more taxes. At the same time, I don't want to see opportunities for our kids taken away. Back in my school days, I participated in sports, FFA, band, choir and pretty much every activity available. Those activities gave me huge opportunities that have benefitted me throughout my life.
I'm not pleading for you to vote yes on the referendum. I hope you join me in carefully considering the overall picture for our kids and our community and base your decision on that along with your ability to financially be able to afford it. If you believe you can't afford it, I understand your no vote. Outside of that, perhaps a yes vote can be cast.