I write in response to letter writer Robert McAfee, “Say ‘no’ to tax increase.”
McAfee wants people to vote against the Triad School referendum because of a problem he has with unions and pensions. This referendum affects neither of those issues. Public contracts exist and McAfee I am certain realizes that they must be honored; such is the nature of a civilized society.
Another sign of a civilized society is the support of schools for our children. The referendum on April 7 is an extension of that idea – of society properly supporting schools.
Triad has for years operated at the bottom of instructional spending per student while having the highest graduation rates in Madison County. Triad has operated at the bottom of educational fund rates and with a successful referendum will only be at the mid-point of Madison County districts.
Finally, McAfee seems to think that only sports would be affected by non-passage. But local elementary schools in the district would be forced to go from neighborhood schools to grade centers, non-mandated courses and extracurricular activities would be cut and class sizes would swell. Extracurricular programs help make school more than just state mandated courses, something McAfee should champion.
Our children’s futures are at stake; our property values are at stake. A great local school district that has done more with less is asking for a modest increase on April 7. Please visit yes2triad.com for more information.
Please vote “yes.”