To the Editor:
We have many concerns about the upcoming Fairmont school referendum.
We have no children or grandchildren in this community. They were able to get lessons and guidance in music and drama. They learned teamwork in sports. Their music has provided a way to express themselves through the years again alone or with others.
We enjoy summer theater, summer band concerts, going to athletic events and school music concerts. There are plays at school and special performances are given to seniors at no cost. We have excellent teachers in the arts. Mrs. Janke just won an award.
We are concerned about job loss. We do not want men and women out of work.
We are concerned about the youth. The community wants to have activities that are positive and that hold interest for young people. For some students, extracurricular activities are a reason to stay in school and study. Already I have heard of students who will transfer out of the district if these activities are not available.
We moved several times during our lifetime. One of the first things we did when a move was imminent was to look at the school system.
Our clinic and hospital are searching for the best possible medical personnel to staff the facility.
Our businesses search for professionals who have new ideas and vision.
Our school looks for replacements for personnel who are retiring or moving. What will a potential hiree see in a school that does not provide a rounded education?
We are 80 years old. We own our own home. We have had a good life. We want that life for others too. Vote yes.
Marlowe and Jean Potter