LETTER: The big picture needs you

To the Editor:

Before voting “no” over increased property taxes, please examine what this bond is helping Looking at the big picture, it’s more than upgrades to district facilities. Let’s not forget what education means to our younger generation. Education is going to drive this country, and students are the future. Supporting them today helps tomorrow, and having a safe, clean environment to help them learn and excel should be a priority regardless of your status. As an education major and aspiring teacher, I have observed what budget cuts and unsuccessful bonds can do to a district, setting our students up for failure.

Ask yourself why we need to update certain areas for students to excel in school? Does field turf, new bleachers, fixing windows etc. really help the learning process? Again, as an education major, I know that it makes a huge impact on every student. Upgraded facilities for fine arts, sports and educational instruction help students excel and succeed. As technology advances, so does the instruction, helping students gain more interest and understanding in all educational aspects. I have witnessed this first hand, and it’s an absolute thrill seeing students push toward new heights.

As a former student, it’s disheartening to hear community members discredit the district. I contest with this: Do you understand why surrounding districts have the ability to find success in numerous areas? It’s because they have community support, giving them the opportunity to use it for the improvement of their school facilities.

I cannot believe anyone thinks that other area schools have better educators than Rockford. The education profession is very competitive, and districts search long and hard for the best possible candidates for their schools. A district’s success, 99% of the time, relies on how much support its educators receive to help students be successful and stay interested.

When it comes to education, fine arts and athletics, understand that there are necessary tools, and they come with a cost.

To help build character, leadership, ethics and role model qualities in young students, please vote “yes”.

Tyler Maher

2006 RHS Graduate