Tricounty News

Letter about Kimball Schools

Dear Kimball community,

I am getting ready to start my 41st and probably my final school year working in the Kimball School system. I am looking forward to a happy and peaceful retirement in Kimball where I have lived since I was in first grade. This is home. I want this to remain my home. I am proud of our schools, our kids, and our community. That is why I feel it is important for me to share some thoughts with you regarding the need to pass the upcoming levy on Nov. 2, 2010. The way I see it, we can either pay less now or pay more later. Believe me, I want to keep my taxes as low as possible. Believe me, passing this levy is one of the best ways to do it.

If we don't pass the levy, the community will lose more students and it will not be able to compete at a level that will allow it to avoid consolidation in the not-so-distant future. This will mean high taxes for all of us, as we will be paying the taxes of whichever neighboring districts we are absorbed by. From what I know, the districts around us are all paying more right now than we will be if we pass this levy in November.

From my view, the money the levy will generate is needed. Most people don't see the day-to-day things in our schools that need attention and repair. I do not see waste in our schools. I see teachers, administrators, support staff, and students trying to do the best they can with what they have. We have needs in our district that can not currently be met with the revenue that is being generated: a dilapidated gym floor in the elementary, a leaky rubber roof in the elementary, deteriorating carpet in many of the elementary classrooms, hand-me-down computers in the elementary from the high school which are several years outdated. These are just a few of the things that come to mind that should be attended to, but are on the back burner because of lack of funds to address them.

Passing a levy may not only help us address these current needs, but also help us keep our school doors open, our taxes lower in the long run, and our community thriving. Our school is the lifeblood of our community. I would rather pay less now to support our Kimball schools than pay more later to support schools in other communities.

Please consider what I have said. I encourage everyone to vote "YES YES" Nov. 2.

Jerry Meyers

KES Custodian and

Kimball community member