for Oct, 15, 2013

Why we need the Corbett school bond

Practical living. To our family, these words best summarize the special place that is Corbett.

More than 16 years ago, my husband Barry and I moved to Corbett with our two sons, ages 4 and 6. We had high hopes and big dreams. Both boys excelled growing up in the Corbett school system and went on to attend out-of-state universities.

They are doing well and highly value their Corbett roots.

Being heavily involved in the community since the beginning, I have listened and I have learned. Corbett did not just “happen.” Folks are now lining up to get into our little community because we are diverse in many ways, yet also strongly united on a few things.

We honor practical living, being a kind and helpful neighbor, and provide a strong education for our children. Strong schools make strong communities.

Our current middle dchool is 90 years old. It has served our community well, but it is no longer structurally safe or adequate for today’s educational programs.

With new electrical, plumbing and heating systems, our wonderful old gym and our multi-purpose building and high school can also be made safer and help save the district money in operating costs.

I want to see Corbett stay different than other communities: small, yet strong. I believe our entire community thrives when we have a healthy, vibrant school system with buildings that are designed to meet an ever-changing world of learning.

These investments in our buildings help ensure that Corbett residents maintain control of our schools for the next 100 years.

Please join me in voting for the Corbett school bond, Measure 26-154.

Michelle Smith, Corbett

Let’s bring school district into the 21st century

I hope that everyone had a nice summer. Like me, maybe you used it as a chance to get caught up on your reading.

And also like me, maybe you read a book that had been passed down through a few hands before it got to you.

I notice that when I’m read these books, it is easy to become distracted by the marks, underlining and dog-ears of previous readers.

That’s great when it’s a fun summer read, but not so great when it is a child depending on that book to learn a critical subject.

Unfortunately, that is the reality for too many Gresham-Barlow students today. This school year, some classes will be using textbooks first published over a decade ago.

Outdated and worn textbooks hold our kids back from success. And that is why the Gresham-Barlow School Bond will pay for new books for students and other classroom improvements.

I hope you’ll join me in supporting Measure 26-153 — let’s save the hand-me-down books for home.

Kathy Ruthruff, Damascus

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