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Reconsider position

October 8, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

To the Editor:

Last year, I enjoyed volunteering in two different classrooms at Fairmont Elementary and getting to know the kids one by one. I loved receiving the offered hugs from them when I left the classroom and when they willingly admitted knowing me in public.

In Mr. Rosener's third-grade classroom, there were 24 students with one teacher. The students' reading capabilities ranged from the middle of first grade through junior high. Three of the students would have benefitted from extra help with their studies in general, but funds were cut and so were some of the paraprofessionals needed.

Most, if not all, nearby schools now all have some sort of sharing with sports or campuses and are still raising operating levies, most of which are higher than Fairmont's proposed levy. With several of those schools in danger of closing in the next few years, Fairmont is the most likely choice for many of them to attend, which means additional student funds and lower levies. But if we don't maintain the variety of educational opportunities, such as a commitment to the arts, and a solid sports offering, we will lose out too.

Many Sentinel readers have commented that they've paid their dues and don't want a higher levy. I ask you to reconsider. When your kids were in school, those who had gone before were helping carry part of the financial burden. I ask you to consider paying it forward and helping this generation get a quality, well-rounded education so they can help those who follow in their footsteps.

Liz Wheeler




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