Received quality education, urges passage of school levy
When I first moved to Twinsburg in third grade, I felt like most 9-year-olds when they enter a new school: shy, timid and extremely nervous.
But, I was immediately accepted and welcomed by friends and teachers alike. This continued all the way up through graduation from Twinsburg High School in 2011. Twinsburg City Schools gave me the academic, athletic and social skills not only to survive, but thrive in the real world.
I was very involved in athletics throughout my time at Twinsburg, playing golf, hockey and baseball, all at the varsity level. These activities helped me build lifelong friendships, learn how to be a team player and how to push myself to be the best at everything I do. Twinsburg schools instilled in me the tools to move on after graduation and pursue my bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and to earn my first job out of college with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
To say that the Twinsburg City Schools was important in transforming me into the person I am today is not only accurate but an understatement. It was essential. Hopefully, you will keep my example of quality education in mind when you vote to pass the Twinsburg City Schools levy on May 2, 2017.
SENIOR CITIZENS, VETERANS, VERSUS SCHOOL TAX LEVY
I am a 70 year old senior who graduated from R.B. Chamberlin High School in 1964. I feel rather insulted by the rhetoric of the phenomenal education that students receive today in this same school system. Does that suggest that we had less qualified instructors and received less education? We learned everything taught today and then some. The praises suggest that the school already accomplishes its goals. We went on to continue education as well as enter the military to defend this country. The senior and veteran population is on limited income and have had to cut back on living expenses. We cannot afford tax increases. I’ve had to discontinue my internet provider, downsize my cable, apply for every homestead available and still I must continue to work to make ends meet. There are many seniors who are widows, widowers or veterans who have no spouse for supplemental income. We are struggling to make it in this world and economy. The school system currently has $31+ million in surplus but they want more. Nothing is ever enough. I suggest reevaluating salaries, freezing payroll increases, and eliminating positions that are not imperative to education. They should also reassess the bus system which transports ½ empty buses. I worked in Aerospace on the Space Shuttle program after attending a modest Twinsburg school system. Letters praising the school system and passage of this Levy written by individuals who don’t live here and won’t experience the tax increase are irrelevant. A declining school population seems to imply that a Levy is completely unnecessary. Seniors have learned the meaning of sacrifice which this school system must learn now. Please show up at the polls May 2 and vote “NO”.