YES on the Transportation Referendum

I write this as a parent, as a taxpayer, and as a voter.  My role as a village trustee has no relationship to school budgets or the proposed transportation referendum.

I write this as a parent of two boys who live 1.32 miles from AMD.  If the transportation referendum passes, at age eleven my boys will need to walk, bike or carpool to middle school.

I am voting YES tomorrow because transporting kids to school is something adults can work together to accomplish.  The loss of a teacher is not something parents can step up and take care of.

Certainly the transportation proposal is not ideal.  The safety concerns many parents may have are real.  Getting students to school safely and on time is critical for learning.  Many families in our district will struggle to make this happen.

Here's my little guy at bus orientation last fall when he entered PreK.
Here’s my little guy at bus orientation last fall when he entered PreK.

Still, I vote YES because finding more than $3M to cut from an already tight budget is challenging.  I have to wonder, if the public voted separately on each potential cut, which individual cuts would get a majority of YES?  Fewer teachers?  Fewer electives?  Fewer sports?  Less academic enrichment?  Would there ever be a majority of support for a lesser education for our kids?  No.  Of course not.

The potential savings from a YES vote tomorrow represents more than 10% of the cuts required to stay within the tax cap.  My sons are at Park now.  I want my kids to have the opportunity for the same remarkable accomplishments in ten years that I proudly read about OHS students achieving today.  The chance to maintain those academic opportunities lessens every year that we cut teachers and programming.

The Transportation Vote is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16 from 7:00am to 9:00pm in the OHS gymnasium.  I know some friends and people that I admire who will not be voting the same way as me this time.  That’s ok.  We must all follow our own inner wisdom.  Neither option is desirable.  I choose to preserve teachers and programing by asking community members and neighbors to work together to get our kids safely to school.  It’s a struggle, but it’s something I’m qualified to do.

Victoria Gearity

Mom, Taxpayer, Voter

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  1. Hey Victoria,Thanks for your thoughts, as always. Do you know where I can find more factual info on what impact these savings would have on the budget? I checked out the website and watched the two videos which don’t really address this. I did see, however, that your address is not listed as one that would be affected by the vote: “PROSPECT AVENUE PARTIAL, 1-17 AND 79 AND UP / 2-8 AND 78 AND UP”I will make my decision based on what I feel is better for everyone because I too would be in the position to drive.Have a good day,A

    Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:24:01 +0000 To: annecarpen@hotmail.com

    1. Anne, So sorry for not taking a moment to reply before the vote took place. As the referendum failed, it’s a non-issue. For the record, I too found the list of affected addresses incomprehensible so I asked the BOE and administration. They forwarded my query to Jim Minahan who checked my exact address and told me I live 1.32 miles from AMD. I don’t know if that’s how the crow flies or the shortest Google maps path.

      As always, I appreciate you taking a moment to read my posts and tell me your thoughts. I’ll try to respond in a more timely manner in the future!

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