On April 10, I lost my wife, Marla Fry, in a traffic accident as she left Union Center Elementary School. My wife, a master's-educated preschool teacher/director and professional artist, was an integral part of that school.
We moved to Valparaiso in 2002 based on the quality of the schools, hoping to empower them to find their own voices and thrive.
Recent cuts in property taxes have resulted in less funding for essential programs or in this case, education. As a resident, I am facing the potential of diminished property value and a lessened educational experience for my children.
The referendum on the ballot Tuesday in Union Township can help to secure a brighter future for us all for seven years. I hope that as a community we understand an outstanding education for our children and our property values are at the core of the American dream.
- David Fry, Valparaiso