Guest opinion: Let's give our children best, affordable education

2012-05-06T00:05:00Z Guest opinion: Let's give our children best, affordable educationBy TERESA M. STROEBE The Billings Gazette
May 06, 2012 12:05 am  • 

I believe you can judge a society on how they treat their young and their old and their public spaces — and that is reflected in the programs that we provide to care for our children and our seniors.

Taking care of our young is rewarding in itself as we see and feel their energy and vitality, their exploration and their understanding of the world they live in.

They are our future, and as we take care of them they will learn to take care of us, whether it be a safe, healthy community or Social Security or a peaceful world.

Caring for our young requires caring for our schools. On Tuesday we will count votes to confirm our commitment to our kids and our schools.

Each school board in every district around Montana has put present needs before their voters. In Billings Public Schools — 22 elementary schools, four middle schools, and four high schools — our spending priorities remain committed and conservative. We are committed to giving our kindergartners through high school seniors the best education programs that we can afford and we will conserve the significant investment our taxpayers have made in those programs and the facilities that we use.

Two of our seven school district “neighborhoods” have trustee elections. After you choose the best candidate, please get involved and help that successful trustee work together with all of our trustees to move forward and face the challenges and opportunities before us. With accurate data and community input we will continue to care for our young people and public spaces.

Thank you for all the positive help you can give to our board, staff and students.

Teresa M. Stroebe of Lockwood chairs the Billings Public Schools board of trustees.

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