Almanac

Viewpoint - May 1, 2013

Letter: A chance to do something great for our schools

From now until May 7 we have the opportunity to do something great for our community: Vote yes on Measure O to keep our Portola Valley Schools among the best.

Eleven years ago our family relocated from New York to the San Francisco Bay Area. We deliberately chose to live in Portola Valley because of the excellent reputation of the schools. Over the years I have never been disappointed in the schools. I am often amazed at the things my children are learning and the steps that the school's teachers and staff are taking to support each of my children in their academic growth and development. The teachers and staff are highly qualified and they really care.

When I listen to my children talk about their day, see the work they are doing and progress they are making, I feel blessed that they have been in such a high caliber academic environment. In addition to the exceptionally strong core classes of math, science and English, we have enjoyed the benefits of the creativity cultivated by the strong music and art programs. My kids' enthusiasm for school speaks volumes about the quality of teachers and programs that exist in our schools.

I have had the chance to talk to many members in the community who do not have children in the schools yet are fully committed to supporting Measure O. This reminds me of the reason I came to this community — for the outstanding schools.

Please help renew this source of local funding that will stay right here in our schools. It's a no-brainer. Vote yes on Measure O.

Janie MacArthur, Portola Valley

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