Letter: Vote ‘yes’

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Editor,

For the first time ever, we seek voter support for Lawrence Township schools through a capital project referendum Nov. 5. Through careful budgeting, our school corporation is financially healthy for day-to-day operating expenses, which pay the salaries of our outstanding teachers and staff; however, Indiana law requires voters to approve any substantial investments in building renovations. As parents, we know that Lawrence educational programs are among the best in Indiana. We need school buildings that match this excellence and provide safe and secure learning environments for our students. As community members, we also believe that an investment in our schools keeps our community vibrant, economically healthy and contributes to solid property values.

Most of the $191 million capital referendum will benefit our two high schools. The last renovation for Lawrence Central High School was in 1993. Never renovated, Lawrence North High School was built in 1976. Elementary buildings earmarked for safety upgrades are Forest Glen, Oaklandon, Winding Ridge and four early learning centers. Structural issues, safety and security improvements, and the need for 21st-century learning environments, necessitate this investment. 

We thank you for supporting our community by voting ‘yes’ for Lawrence Schools on or before Nov. 5.

Pam Dechert and Jeff Yu

co-chairs, Yes4Lawrence Schools Political Action Committee

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