Oak Harbor levy failure would be step backward | Letters
January 29, 2013 · Updated 3:43 PM
Ten years ago we arrived in Oak Harbor. The year before we moved here the state had 6,600 students that did not participate in a federal school lunch program — 6,000 of those students were right here in Oak Harbor. The talk in 2002 was the new lunch program. Quite frankly, I was a skeptic of this school district and questioned how much did the community really support their schools.
Three years later, my husband was retiring from his naval career and we had choices on where to live. We chose to stay right here. I had learned why this city is so special; I saw schools partnering with parents, I saw businesses giving support for school events, I saw opportunities for every child, I saw teachers putting in extra time and talent for students. I wanted our children to receive their public education right here in Oak Harbor.
For the past decade we have raised three children and each have benefited from the opportunities and options that our school district has offered: from art, music and speech IEP ‘s in grade school, to music, sports and advanced classes in middle school, to the option of the Parent Partnership Program — and now, high school options of AP classes, Career Tech, athletics, ROTC and many clubs.
Most of these programs are dependent in one way or another on local levy support.
These programs are benefits of a local levy because they are the result of local decisions — not state or federal mandates. Opportunities for our children are truly what make Oak Harbor great. Communities support their schools.
Communities pass levies. Communities create programs and opportunities that benefit our children.
My skepticism of 10 years ago quickly faded as I became well aware, year after year, no matter what our children were involved in, members of this community have had a hand in making it successful.
I am proud of the strides our district has made in the last decade, I want us to keep improving in what we do and always strive to do it well. I don’t want to see us go backward. I ask our community to support the levy.
OHSD School Board