Letters to the Editor

Strongly encourages ‘yes’ vote on March 20

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Over the past year, many volunteers have stepped forward to take a role in deciding the future of education at Bureau Valley. From the original BV Tower Committee to the current Strategic Planning Group and many committees in between, there has been ample opportunity to be involved in the direction of the district.

Throughout the fall and winter, a group composed of BV staff, community members, and administrators has worked tirelessly on finalizing the most amicable solution to the district’s lack of classroom space. Once a consensus was reached within that group, the committee moved forward with a plan that would give students the new classroom space BV staff felt applicable. This plan was then brought to the school board, discussed, voted on, and became the ballot item we have before us to vote on March 20.

As a committee member of the original BV Tower Committee and also a current member of the BV Communities United for Yes, I strongly encourage you to vote YES in the March 20 election.

Growing up, I was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of a consolidated school district that brought students from six communities together for junior high and high school. Using this as my foundation, I find the referendum an outstanding opportunity to enhance our exploratory classes, while strengthening our clubs and extracurricular activities.

For myself, having the opportunity to be involved in anything from chess club to woodworking helped define my hobbies still today. Also, the flexible classroom space that will be added to the high school will accommodate fluctuating enrollments and lend itself to a variety of learning styles.

A YES vote on March 20 ensures that three buildings in the district will see improvements. Much-needed heating, air conditioning and ventilation work in Walnut and Wyanet will give our students better climate control throughout their day. Improving the parking lot in Walnut and expanding the parking lot in Manlius will give both schools a great new look.

In addition to a parking lot facelift, the Walnut school will also see new bleachers in the gym. These improvements will be in addition to the added classroom space for grades 3-8 and new gym for the junior high in Manlius.

In addition to our students, our greatest assets we have at BV are our faculty and staff. The thankless and tireless hours they give to our district do not go unnoticed. We have an excellent opportunity to give our students a 21st-century building environment. Let’s reward both and vote YES on March 20!

Scott Stoller

Walnut