D31 Teacher: Save Our Nationally-Recognized Schools
A Northbrook resident and D31 teacher shares her 'deep concern' regarding the March 20th referendum vote.
I am writing today out of deep concern. As you know, District 31 greatly needs to pass a referendum and election day is just a week away! I have been teaching for 15 years and am in my 8th year working at Field School, where I see great things happening every day.
When I arrive every morning, I am greeted by the sound of our incredible school band practice. I also see students in the library before school starts studying and using the valuable resources it provides including computer access. Currently, our students enjoy a nice selection of fine and applied arts courses. However, those were scaled back a few years ago as part of a budget reduction in order to pay back millions of dollars in refunded property taxes to Allstate Insurance.
I work with incredible colleagues who provide a nationally recognized, Blue Ribbon education for our students. All day long our classrooms are buzzing with exciting opportunities for learning. At this time of year after school, I see kids at play practice, eagerly learning their lines for their upcoming performances. Last Friday, I brought my 4-year old son to watch our undefeated 6th grade boys volleyball game.
Why am I concerned? This should be typical and standard of any school yet all of the things I just mentioned stand to be severely impacted by cuts if our referendum fails! This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what else is on the chopping block. How can this be happening?
The facts are out there and are really quite simple. Please visit www.savedistrict31.com for all referendum related factual information. Then, please go to the polls on March 20 and vote 'yes' to maintain academic excellence and a strong community with solid property values.
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