NOW IT IS OUR TURN
I would first like to thank Mayor Lydia Mihalik and Findlay City Council members for proposing and approving the partnership with the Findlay Police Department and Findlay City Schools!
I feel this collaboration between the city and school system will benefit all Findlay residents. Not only will this provide additional officers spread throughout each of Findlay’s neighborhoods in the school buildings, this will also encourage kids to develop positive relationships with the police as they grow into adults. I believe it’s also very important to note that during summer break when the kids are out of school, those officers will be used as additional street officers.
Now it is our turn as citizens of Findlay to vote “yes” for Issue 5, the safety and security levy. Not only will the levy be adding the additional resource officers, it will also add valuable counseling and mental health services for educational and behavioral improvements.
Voting “yes” for this levy will ensure our students are safe and healthy, both physically and mentally, as they continue to learn and thrive in the most safe and secure environment that our community can provide.
co-chair, Citizens for Findlay City Schools
ISSUE 5 DOESN’T ‘FEEL RIGHT’
The proposed school levy, Issue 5, has been troubling to me.
However, I have felt that I don’t understand the machinations within the school system enough to even comment on the subject. It just doesn’t feel right.
That’s why the Courier’s View (Oct. 17) and Judith Donaldson’s letter (Oct. 17), were so enlightening to me.
I have found the following things interesting:
• A bonus of $500 per teacher for merely attending a meeting to learn about their (paid?) health insurance? Really? How about the poor slobs who have no health insurance — or have to pay for their own? Duh.
• The $9.48 million budget carryover they will have to play with.
• The mayor promising even more taxpayer dollars for the cause. Where do people think that money will be coming from?
• The powers that be in relation to the school system clearly have a highly developed “Ask and ye shall receive” attitude regarding their wants and needs.
• The ADAMHS board has just received a $4 million grant to be used for kid issues that “if done right, Hancock County should become a national model for mental health treatment for children.” How untimely for school officials.
These highly educated people need to start getting creative with ways and means to finance some of the big-ticket items on their wish lists instead of automatically assuming the taxpayer is always going to pony up. Where will it end?
WE MUST KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE
My husband and I would like to express our support of Issue 5 on the Nov. 6 ballot. The students in the Findlay City Schools district deserve to go to school each day knowing this community cares for them and wants them to have a safe and secure environment in which to learn.
On behalf of the 5,468 preschool through 12th-grade students of the district and the over 800 staff members, we are asking for your support of the Issue 5 safety and security levy.
The Findlay community is where my husband and I have grown up and have chosen to raise our family. It is important that as a community we support the schools in their efforts to keep our kids as safe as possible. When asked to co-chair this campaign, I could not think of a better reason to support a campaign than the safety of our students.
As a parent and current substitute teacher in the district, I want my children as safe as possible and I think it is vitally important that all teachers and staff members be prepared and supported during these times we currently live in.
In this ever-changing world, school shootings happen far too often. I feel the importance of increasing the safety in the buildings with resource officers and increasing our mental health services is something, as a community, we must support.
Students who come to school after experiencing a trauma at home cannot possibly be prepared to learn. When a student has experienced trauma it is important that they feel supported and cared for at school, not only by their teacher and principal, but by a trained mental health professional that can help address any issues that may arise.
We owe it to our children and all the children of this community to vote “yes” on Issue 5!
SCHOOLS SHOULD LIVE WITHIN BUDGET
This is an easy “NO” vote for me. The Findlay City Schools (FCS) expect a deficit in the millions of dollars in the near future while working with a $90 million budget.
This tax is a new tax, new spending. It isn’t to fix the coming deficit. They haven’t figured out how to manage the tax money they have, so there is no way responsible voters can approve more money for them to spend. Our schools are safe.
The Boot is an inexpensive and effective way to keep children safe in the schools. We do not need police at every school. Our town is small enough that police can arrive at any school within minutes.
How many “active shooter drills” have FCS and Findlay police performed together? Perhaps they should look at what we have and all the available free resources at our disposal before they try to tax us more.
This an easy “no” vote for me because they haven’t explored a single alternative option. They came up with the most expensive solution for this hypothetical problem without even considering any cuts. FCS will demand private property owners give them more money to pay for this under the guise of “safety” and “for the children.”
No, we definitely should not vote to pay more tax dollars to an administration which cannot handle a budget of over $90 million. While I am sure there are a lot of cuts that could be made to the budget to hire a full staff of police officers, they aren’t necessary as the threat of harm is unsubstantiated.
Any parents who do not feel that the schools are “safe” enough can become “security monitors,” equivalent of “lunch monitors,” or they can home-school.
It is time for the government schools to live within the budget; all the private property owners must live within a budget. If FCS wants a police state within the schools, then give up transporting student athletes all over the state or some other expense which is not necessary “for the children.”
Vote “no” on Issue 5.