10/3/2013 3:04:00 PM Letter: Override good for
kids and good for
the Verde Valley
As communities, we have held on with tenacity to local control in educating our children. We are the ones closest to what we value in raising and teaching our kids. Each of our individual Verde Valley districts honors the need to prepare our children for success in college, the workforce, and life.
Legislative budget balancing has continued to squeeze the dollars for classrooms as e focus on academic standards. These reduced funds in our schools bring a loss of teachers in our classrooms, a loss of programs we value in our curricula, and a lack of materials for educating our students.
The school districts in the Verde Valley have had voters saying "Yes" to continue this local support. This community funding control helps retain and strengthen the programs and services that each of our communities value - like small class sizes, technology, music and arts, fitness and athletics, and counseling.
Good school labels and grades are measures of educational accountability, but the goodness and life successes of our children are reflections of what we feel are important.
The Governing Board of the Clarkdale-Jerome School District wishes to express their unanimous support for the override renewal elections of Mingus Union High School and Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District.
We ask again the citizens use their local option and support education funding. Please vote "Yes" for the continuation of the budget overrides.
It's good for kids and it's good for the Verde Valley.