First, we would like to congratulate all those who actively achieved funding, design and construction of the recently constructed secondary school. We trust that all those who have visited or have used the new facility would agree that it is an outstanding asset to the Ridgway School system and to our community at large.
Further, we believe that those involved with the decision making process chose wisely not to build the entire school facility at one time with the limited funds available. By doing so, we now have a more desirable structure and state-of-the-art classroom facilities.
However, it is now time for us to “step-up-to-the-plate” and complete the next phase of what will make this secondary school an exceptional place for our children to be healthy, well rounded and well educated young adults.
To achieve these goals, we believe it is essential that our community support the upcoming ballot issue 3B. This ballot question requests voter approval to secure the remaining funds necessary to construct a gymnasium and music room at the new Ridgway Secondary School. It is our belief that important elements of a well rounded education include athletics and music. These elements will prepare our middle and high school students for a happier, healthier, active life and an enhanced ability to work cooperatively with others.
We would also like to point out that this ballot question isn’t about “everyone paying for just some families that have children in school.” It’s about our entire community making a statement about the values we have in education, athletics and the arts. The quality of our school system is a perfect reflection on the core values of why we have chosen to live here. It’s safe to say that everyone benefits when the children of our community have the facilities available locally to give them exciting opportunities in a variety of positive activities.
There is a grassroots student group that has formed in support of ballot issue 3B. They have spent many hours researching the ballot issue. It is our understanding that we all will receive a pamphlet in the mail compiled by this group to help answer questions one may have on the ballot issue. We urge you to read the pamphlet to better understand how important this issue is from the student’s point-of-view. It is heartening to see this level of student involvement in our community for they will become the community leaders of tomorrow.
According to their research, fundraising efforts to date have raised approximately $700,000. In addition, the school received a $400,000 grant from the state contingent upon voter approval of ballot issue 3B. Their research indicates approving ballot issue 3B will cost the average homeowner a relatively small increase of $2.95 per month over their current 2008 tax base. Personally, we can’t think of a better place to put an investment of less than $3 per month than to support our next generation! That’s why we are voting YES on ballot issue 3B!
– Tim and Sheila Manzagol