Both my wife and I are products of a public high school education. The citizens of my suburban Buffalo, N.Y., community provided a quality education, facilities and transportation for my siblings and me. I am grateful to the community I grew up in for providing me such wonderful opportunities. Much has changed since I attended high school including what we teach and how we work, and our facilities must change accordingly. Our current “pre-Sputnik” facilities have more than exceeded their useful lifespan.
On May 20, you will be asked to fund a plan for our next generations of learners. This plan was developed by our students, teachers, educational leaders, consultants and members of the community who donated their time to this nearly two-year effort. I’d like to thank all of you who have participated in this plan and helped make it better.
For my part, while I can’t pay back my western New York community, I can pay it forward to this community, for our children and generations to come. On May 20, you, the community, will decide. Please vote yes.
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The writer is a member of the State College Area school board.