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Springville Journal letter: Springville-GI School Board could take a cue from its students

Hats off, to all of the students, teachers, parents and volunteers who helped to make this year’s S-GI High School musical a success. Though pure comedy, “Spamalot” did deliver a few important messages, one among them “All for one, and one for all.”

With school budget season underway, perhaps this is a message we can all reflect on.

In order to have a thriving community, we need a thriving school district. If our board of education pushes to cut programs to the bare bones, not only will the children of this community suffer, every resident and taxpayer in the district will suffer.

If the quality of the offerings at S-GI declines, people will leave and the quality of the village of Springville and surrounding towns will decline. We should be working collectively, to build the best school district, one that educates the whole student and provides rich opportunities for intellectual exploration, character development and creative expression.

S-GI’s students are our future innovators, entrepreneurs, builders, educators, caregivers and leaders, not to mention homeowners and taxpayers.

Budgets are moral documents. They reflect our values and our priorities.

I strongly urge members of the board of education to do one very important thing this budget season: lead! I recognize that times are tough for our district. Policy-makers in Albany have increased mandates, while systematically decreasing funding.

In order to do what is best for our kids and our community, the board must realize its potential for advocacy, by putting a strong focus on organizing and educating parents and students, along with teachers, to demand equitable school funding from Albany.

If we want to revitalize our community, we can’t minimize our schools. Let’s fight for fair funding, so that local taxpayers aren’t burdened and so that our students are not short-changed.

Allison Duwe

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