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Don’t overlook vote

October 31, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

To the Editor:

On Election Day, we will be looking at a ballot with lots of candidates at the national, state and local levels, two state constitutional amendments, and a levy referendum for Fairmont Area Schools. Please don't overlook this last item because not voting on it is the same as a "no" vote.

If passed, this learning levy will restore cuts made by the school board early in October. These cuts include 24 areas of student extracurricular and co-curricular events, two high school administrative positions, two teaching positions at the high school, and 6.5 elementary teaching positions. Passing the levy will also allow our school day to continue its regular schedule.

A few people have urged defeat of the levy because it costs more than they feel they can afford. Really, we can't afford not to affirm the levy. The opportunities offered by music, drama, math, scientific and athletic events are part and parcel of education at any school. They are essential to building student motivation and enthusiasm, feelings of success, understanding teamwork and morale. All of these are vital parts of a well-rounded educational program. Our school will be diminished without them.

Please consider our students, our school, and our community and vote yes for the learning levy referendum on Nov. 6.

Dennis Murphy




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