Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00
Our two incumbents, Will Hornberger and Terence Hale, along with our administration, have taken great strides in not only coming up with a plan to better the school district and save us the taxpayers, money, but in actually carrying out their plan. Hornberger and Hale made a promise to our district to keep our tax levy at or below 2.5 percent for five years.
I am happy to say that they are in their fourth year of successfully doing that without taking anything away from the children. While I understand that any tax increase can be seen as a burden, I commend them for maintaining their promise in these difficult financial times.
I think it would only be fair to allow them the opportunity to complete their 5-year plan. Without this plan being carried out, we would be looking at a 7 percent tax levy, which unfortunately would probably fail, and then the children would be affected. Programs would need to be cut to accommodate our contractual obligations.
As for the other three candidates, I cannot speak of their qualifications since at this point they are only unfamiliar names, and they have not yet made us aware of their plans or agendas. The only thing we know is that all three of them come from one section of the district.
If elected and added to a board with two other members from the same home school area, we would be giving majority control (4 out of 5) of the board of education to the smallest population in our district. That would not be fair representation of our entire district.
I look forward to hearing from all of the candidates at the May 2 Meet the Candidates Night at Mineola High School at 8 p.m. Please join me, and please exercise your right to vote on May 17. Your Vote is Your Voice!