Folks who have pledged to avoid downtown businesses as a way of showing support for valley schools are in fact hurting the very schools that they are purportedly supporting. A strong commercial tax base is necessary to keep all of our infrastructure healthy, including schools.

I find it extremely troubling that folks who have taken a stance against this current school bond are being labeled “anti-kid and and anti-education." This kind of negative branding is not the way to have a meaningful discussion. Facts and figures are there for everyone to see. There was an excellent write up in the IR on June 10 (What’s not in the school bond? By Alexander Deedy) which outlines how far short this bond falls. I urge everyone to view dispassionately the facts and figures and all available information before casting their vote.

I care deeply about about kids and their education. I care about the overcrowding at Jim Darcy school. I also care about the fact that only “band-aids” are being applied to other schools that have serious life/safety issues. I care that this bond doesn’t even attempt to provide more than 2,000 of our K-8 students with the optimum learning environments the board said we are striving for. I care that there is no schedule or plan for middle schools. Now that we have an increased bonding capacity, we can have a better bond that includes middle school facilities instead of putting that of indefinitely.

I have voted against the bond because I care for our kids.

Tess Augustine

Helena

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