EDITOR:On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Iron Mountain Public Schools has a bond issue on the election ballot. While there are many issues involved with making your decision about supporting the bond, I feel it boils down to what is best for our students and their learning environment. As a member of the bond committee, I could take up several paragraphs explaining to you why I feel the bond issue is needed, but you can read all of that information at www.voteyes4imschools.com or www.imschools.org/Bond/bond.htm.
The single point I will make now is this. Change is coming. Our district has to find a way to function with less funding and declining enrollment. This bond gives us the opportunity to be proactive in our response. It allows us to make positive changes that will create an environment that supports advanced technology, a more efficient use of space and resources and increases security.
Without bond support, these changes will still have to happen. Which means, they will likely happen without the ability to support advancing technology; without improving the usage of space and resources; and without additional security measures. Do you really want the students of this community, our children, to go without?
Please get educated about the bond proposal. Please feel free to ask questions so you understand the ballot language and reasoning for support (visit the websites for contact information). And please, vote yes on Aug. 7.