Letter: Vote yes for ZCS

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Editor,

On Nov. 5th, voters in the Zionsville Community Schools district in Zionsville and Whitestown will have the opportunity to cast two “yes” votes to support our excellent local public schools. 

For the first time, voters will be asked to vote “yes” on a construction referendum. This will allow ZCS to build the district’s sixth elementary school, increase classroom space at the high school and make needed modifications to other schools. State law now requires a referendum vote in order to build new schools. With more than 200 new students joining ZCS each year and several schools already at or near capacity, the additional classroom space is absolutely needed. 

The other referendum continues the operating referendum first approved in 2012 at exactly the same rate for an additional eight years. ZCS continues to be the lowest-funded school district in the state and referendum funds support one-third of teacher salaries. Without the approval of local voters and the investment from local taxpayers, our schools would be in dire straits with much larger class sizes, slashed programs and teacher cuts.  

Voting “yes” is not only good for our kids, but it is good for our property values and our town. Zionsville Yes! is a group of local volunteers working hard between now and election day and we are so grateful for the support we have received from community members, parents and teachers.  

Please vote “yes” and “yes” for our schools on Nov. 5!

Mary Reid, chairperson of Zionsville Yes!

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