Tiny Town had a referendum vote yesterday, to implement a levy- to replace the one that expires later this year- for money for the local school district. The new levy would be at a higher rate than the one passed six years ago, but this is to be expected as the financial needs have changed in the past six years.
The levy did not pass. 1,923 yes; 2,273 no.
I’m not feeling particularly articulate on the topic, mostly because I’m just so angry that I’m not really thinking clearly.
Tiny Town is known for its excellent schools. Now the district will probably close our beloved (and highly rated) elementary school, fire 20-some teachers throughout the district, and cut all classes beyond core classes at the high school (foreign language, arts, music, post-secondary ETC).
How can anyone who voted NO feel ok about it?
I’m not just upset because my own children are directly effected- though they are. I have in the past (before we had children) and will continue in the future (when my own children are no longer effected) support the local schools.
For a town this size, good schools is a major foundations block. Good schools attract young families, who in turn buy homes, shop, and choose to run businesses to serve our community.
It reminds me of how I felt on a certain election day in 2000. Or it 2004. Yeah, like that. Only I’m taking this more personally- people in my own town, that I shop with and live near, chose not to support our schools, our kids.
And my GOD does that suck.