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Support for the Waitsburg School Levy - Investing in Our Future Leaders

 

February 1, 2024



To the Editor,

On behalf of Waitsburg Commercial Club, I express our wholehearted support for the upcoming Waitsburg School levy. It should be noted that this is not a new tax or levy; it is a replacement levy for the previously passed measure that is about to expire.

Our schools play an integral role in shaping our community. In a recent hospital visit, I ran across a Waitsburg High School grad who earned their diploma and an AA degree last year. They were employed in the medical field with a good job and benefits due to the educational opportunities offered by the Waitsburg School District. Graduating with a head start saves parents money, gives a young person a job, and in this case, literally helped my loved one breathe better.

This year’s levy is not about maintaining the status quo but about enabling our schools to continue providing high-quality education with the challenges of increasing costs, government compliance, and technology costs. It will help the district retain the talented teachers dedicated to our kids, who often pay out-of-pocket to supplement supplies for their classrooms.

Students deserve to succeed, no matter their interests or goals. Waitsburg students have become dentists, lawyers, and NASA doctors. The faculty and staff, led by our new superintendent, continue to deliver a well-rounded education to students choosing agriculture, culinary arts, language, healthcare, and trade careers so that each child can lean into their strengths.

A thriving school system attracts new families, maintains property values, and reduces crime in the community. Strong support of our kids and our neighbors’ children through the healthy and well-funded school system reflects a vibrant and prosperous community.

In conclusion, we urge voters to approve the Waitsburg School levy. By voting yes, we can support our kids and educators as we share in the pride of our schools and community. Together, let’s invest in the future leaders of Waitsburg and make a resounding statement that we are committed to their success.

Sincerely,

Bob Beaulaurier,

Waitsburg Commercial Club 2024

 

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