Almanac

Viewpoint - April 7, 2010

Letter: Yes on Measure C to make up for state cuts

As a parent of two students who attended Menlo Parkıs award-winning schools, I have been involved in the school community for many years and have seen our schools flourish and benefit from the continued community support that has enabled students to benefit from small class sizes and ongoing program enhancements.

Today, due to recent cuts in state funding coupled with flat local property tax growth and increased enrollment, our schools are at risk of losing ground. As such we must once again rely on the community to show its support of our schools by voting in support of Measure C.

The budgetary challenges the school district faces are simply too significant to absorb without significant reductions in staff and curriculum. Measure C's seven-year parcel tax of $178 a year, will raise the vital funds needed to keep our schools strong by enabling the district to retain teachers, maintain class sizes and preserve core educational programs during this period of economic uncertainty.

I can say from my familyıs experience that our districtıs outstanding schools have done an excellent job preparing the community's children for the future. In addition, whether you have a student or not, our nationally recognized schools positively impact our community's property values. We cannot afford to compromise this important community resource.

Please join me in supporting Measure C and keeping our schools strong.

Sue Sutherland, Arden Road, Menlo Park

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