School levy helps keep schools and city strong
Each child is on his or her own educational journey, and it goes by very quickly. This September Ive seen my son and daughter begin second and first grade at Lake Grove Elementary School and our littlest one (age 3) attends a local preschool. Meanwhile, several friends this month have delivered children to dorm rooms to start their freshman year of college. Many more citizens in our community saw their children graduate many years ago. Yet most in our community steadfastly support our local schools, whether or not we still have children in them, keeping Lake Oswego a great place to live.
As a new school board member, I am fast learning my responsibilities to ensure that our district continues to provide a strong academic program for all students in a safe and supportive environment. I have attended most back-to-school nights and while I knew our district was great, I have been impressed by the level of parental support and incredible dedication I have witnessed. I was honored to meet with scores of great teachers, staff and administrators who offer outstanding educational programs to our children. Ive toured beautiful art and ceramics studios at both of our high schools, watched science teachers present field trips and classroom experiments, attended football games at Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools, seen our elite choirs perform and learned we have a record number of students signed up for our elementary orchestra program.
There is no denying that it is our school levy that makes all of this possible, and it affects us all. Whether your children are just beginning, just ending, are long since graduated and yes, even if you never had children in our district the vitality of our school district is the single most critical factor that makes Lake Oswego an outstanding place to live. The brief glimpse I outlined above is only a partial picture of the long list of programs and learning opportunities our school district provides. Thanks to the support of our citizens, who established our school levy 13 years ago and have overwhelmingly renewed it twice, Lake Oswego keeps our district the best in the state.
Meanwhile, the school board continues to strive for improvement and academic excellence. We must select a new superintendent to replace Dr. Bill Korach, who has provided excellent leadership and guidance for 27 years. The track record of support from our community will help ensure that we receive applications from the best possible candidates.
The children in this community count on us to help them on their educational path. Funding from the school levy provides 10 percent of our operating budget. This makes all the difference for every student. Most of them are not old enough to vote and are counting on your support.
Please keep our community and our schools strong. Vote yes on Measure 3-434 this November.
Sarah Howell, Lake Oswego, is a member of the Lake Oswego School Board.Add a comment