As Crown Point residents for 30 years, we have been happy to be involved in numerous endeavors that have improved the quality of life in our community.
On Tuesday's ballot, there will be a referendum asking our community to provide additional funds to make up for the shortfall created by decreased funding by the state. Already, decreased funding has necessitated cutting 42 positions. Continued funding cuts will critically impact the classroom and affect the quality of education for our children by eliminating essential curricular programs. These funding shortfalls will necessitate cutting teachers -- 48 for next year alone. This leads to increases in class size and less attention for each student by the teacher.
These conditions are detrimental to the successful learning experiences our students have received in Crown Point Schools. Your vote "Yes" in support of the referendum will ensure there will be funding for the appropriate number of teachers in our schools.
Please join us in our support of the "Schools Worth Saving, Vote Yes!" campaign. We need your vote on May 3. Let's get this referendum passed for the good of our students and schools.
Last, we don't disagree with those who feel that the funding problem is with the Legislature in Indianapolis. We don't have control over them. However, we can ensure that our students in the Crown Point community will continue to have the appropriate funding for the next seven years by voting in favor of "Schools Worth Saving, Vote Yes!"
- Mary Jo Klepsch, Crown Point