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Elida schools has cut back; deserves vote

The residents of Elida School District have an important decision to make in the upcoming election. Living in a community with a great school system improves our property values and our quality of life – but these advantages do not come without cost or responsibility.

I have read all the mailings and articles regarding the Elida Schools levy that will be on our ballot. I believe the school administration has already made many difficult financial decisions to protect our investment.

One of the facts that impresses me is the very conservative per pupil ratio. Only one school in our comparison group in the state has lower expenses per pupil. The Elida administrative cost per pupil is the lowest of the Allen County schools — without sacrificing the quality of education. However, state funding continues to decrease while the state mandates are increasing, which will undoubtedly affect many programs that are crucial to the overall excellence of education that our children enjoy today.

My husband and I raised three children in the Elida School system, and they are now sending their children to the Elida Schools. My experience has shown me that one of the reasons our district has been so successful is the involvement and support of many parents and grandparents through the years. Elida residents have been very fortunate to live in a community that works together.

I encourage all residents of Elida School District to show that Elida Pride and vote for the new and renewal levies to ensure these values continue into the future.

— Sharon Moening Reaman, Elida

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