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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 2, 2014

Renovation of high school necessary

By Ed Malloy | Mar 21, 2013

To the editor:

Voters in Fairfield have gone to the polls several times over the past decade to approve the use of both Local Option Sales Tax funds and general obligation bond funds to support the development of new amenities for our community. These new features of our community —whether it was downtown street scape improvements, the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center or the planned outdoor pool and recreation facility — have or will add measurable value to the quality of life in our community.

Each of these projects was promoted as a means of adding economic value to our community and have proven positive to our image as a leading city in Iowa. Our progress in these areas is defining how we retain and attract young people and families and sustain and grow our community.

Our next opportunity as a community to solidify this progress is to upgrade our high school facilities to insure that we are providing the best possible learning environment for our children. Demonstrating our commitment to education is another strong symbol of our leadership and a foundational principle of our economic development. For not only are the renovation and expansion plans for our high school necessary, the programs that they will support will have a direct influence on how our future work force is prepared and educated.

The work that the school board and administration have done in the planning and preparation is very impressive. The plans and costs are modest yet comprehensive in dealing with an old building, and the budgeting is impressive with the overall levy rate actually being reduced in this next year as the construction would begin.

Although our city government is not directly connected to the governance of our schools, I wish to voice my support because the value of a strong schools system with 21st century facilities is critical to our future. When we talk about our communities strengths and quality of life to employers, business developers and families, our schools should be our lead in pointing to our uniqueness and pride.

On April 2, we will go to the polls and ask the support of our citizens one more time to strengthen our community for something so fundamentally important as our schools. We have always been fortunate to have citizens that understand how our community progresses and why it is good for our future. This vote is for the teachers and students that deserve better facilities and for our whole community to support the great educational tradition of Fairfield. It’s their turn, please support the bond referendum so we can again move our community forward.

 

— Ed Malloy, Fairfield Mayor

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