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Quality schools benefit entire community

2010-09-07T00:00:00Z Quality schools benefit entire community The Billings Gazette
September 07, 2010 12:00 am

I get it. The economy stinks. We are all hurting a little in one way or another. However, I am hoping you will consider helping get these bonds to pass for School District 2.

These funds will go toward repairs that have been deferred for years. We have kids who are cold all day in class or who are dodging raindrops from leaking roofs. How can we expect our kids to receive top-quality educations when they are in environments that aren’t remotely conducive to learning? If you have school-age kids, then you know the state of our facilities and I am counting on your support. If not, think back to when you were in school, especially those of you who attended local schools. Senior High was falling apart when I graduated in ’88! I can assure you that its state of repair hasn’t improved any in the last 22 years.

You have heard it before, but we all do benefit from having good schools in our community, regardless of whether or not we have children in them. I would go as far as to say that is one of the cornerstones (if not “the”) upon which a desirable place to live is built.

If you take the time to read your ballots, you will see that the increase in your annual property taxes to fund these bonds is a mere pittance. But the improvements that will be realized in our buildings, and thus the environments in which are kids learn, will be felt by all.

Take one minute out of your day and vote yes for the school bonds, for the kids and for our community.

Chris Chakos

Billings

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