LWV endorses school facilities bond issue
To the Editor:
The League of Women Voters supports the $134.8 million bond issue that the CH-UH Board of Education has placed on the November ballot. These funds will support the implementation of the first phase of a comprehensive K–12 plan, carefully developed with extensive citizen involvement.
The plan will overhaul the core operating systems and upgrade the learning environment of our school facilities to better meet educational needs for the next 50 years. The first phase will take Heights High down to its bones, replacing all operating systems with up-to-date and energy-efficient solutions, and will substantially renovate Monticello and Roxboro middle schools.
This plan fulfills important citizen responsibilities supported by two League positions:
· Provide sufficient funding for quality public education, and
· Use long-range planning for finances, facilities, staffing and educational methods along with citizen input.
We agree with the school board that the facilities are in serious need of repair and that equipment for science and technology is outmoded; that the improvements in core operating systems can be made only by stripping the buildings down to their bones; that operating and environmental costs can be reduced by investing in existing buildings;that there are financial benefits to acting now; and that our students and teachers deserve learning environments that are safe, healthy, conducive to learning and comparable to their peers in the region.
The league commends the board of education for responding to voter concerns and taking more time to involve citizens and improve the facilities plan. We urge voters to support this essential improvement to educational opportunity in our community.
Carol Gibson and Blanche Valancy
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Chapter
Cuyahoga Area League of Women Voters
Carol Gibson and Blanche Valancy, co-chairs