Say, ‘Yes,’ toConcord students
On May 29, I was sitting in the balcony at the Beickman Performing Arts Center at Concord High School, watching the music department’s annual “Carnival” concert.
Once again, the musicians, singers and dancers put on an outstanding showcase of their talents, but I couldn’t help but think about the choice Concord patrons have before them on May 6 and how it impacts those students. While the students and teachers are most affected, property taxpayers are a close behind.
The school system has had a property tax shortfall of $10 million since 2008. We are fortunate to have administrators and school board members who have found creative ways to shift money to cover the shortfall so far. In doing so, they’ve protected our property values as well. Concord has a tradition of high-quality education, something that draws businesses and individuals to our community and ultimately boosts our property values.
But the school system is facing another $4.2 million shortfall this year. The time has come where the administration cannot creatively find ways to pay for the basics. It’s not about crying wolf; this is reality. We need to step up.
If we say “Yes for Concord Kids” on May 6, we’ll show our support for the performers and their fellow students who are faced with overcrowded classrooms and lagging technology. Many of these students ride buses to school and to extracurricular activities: Some of the buses have outlived their expected lifespan.
I am a 1985 graduate of Concord and I have two children at the high school — a senior and a sophomore. I support Concord’s May 6 referendum because I know the positive impact the school system has had on the students in my family and the greater community.
— Stephanie SibalGoshen
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