Renew your support for local option school levy
Please vote yes and renew our local option school levy, Measure 3-434. For our community and our kids.
We all know how important a good education is to the success of our nation, our community and our young people here in Lake Oswego. Lake Oswego schools form the heart and center of our community. Our top notch schools are the reason many of us live here, raise our families here and come back to this community if we are apart from it.
Healthy schools create our healthy community with good real estate values and full of motivated community members, volunteers, parents and kids. Our great schools promote a healthy business community here in Lake Oswego full of families, residents and professionals who value education. I believe it is this common bond that makes our community special and like no other place.
Educational excellence is no accident. It is achieved with the combined efforts of a supportive community, great teachers and administrators, great parents and fantastic kids. With all of us working together here in Lake Oswego, we have developed a reputation and a track record of support and academic excellence we can all be proud of.
Our country needs the best and the brightest to lead us and to keep our country competitive. Our kids need to be prepared for all of the challenges the world has to throw in their way and to excel as individuals, professionals and future parents.
The local option levy gives us some local control over funding in our schools. It provides a critical 10 percent of our operating budget and is even more critical as state funding is so unreliable. Our kids need lower class size, more class choice, advanced placement courses, science technology, engineering, math and language offerings to provide challenge and inspiration for achievement and preparation.
This local funding provides our community the ability to provide a level of programs that exceeds what state funding would provide alone.
Here are some of the many accomplishments by our schools last year:
Renewing the school levy now, at the same rate we have been paying, ensures continuity of that critical revenue source until 2020. Those dollars go directly to support instructional programs and services for children in our own Lake Oswego schools. No matter how carefully the budget is managed, our schools cannot absorb a loss of this magnitude without significantly damaging education in Lake Oswego.
I am a proud supporter of our schools and I know you are too. Please join me, our mayor, city council, our school board and residents in voting for the renewal of our local option levy.
Our kids and our community thank you.
Kevin Robertson, Lake Oswego, is a local businessman who was a candidate earlier this year for the Lake Oswego School Board and is a board member with the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation.Add a comment