When my son, Dashiell, passed away at five years old from cancer it became my mission to champion for causes related to the well-being of all children. I’m dedicated in using my voice and vote for this. And, I’m particular about where I attach my name.
I’m speaking up to encourage our community to approve the general obligation bond because it will mean helping all students and schools throughout our district.
Adequate and equitable classrooms are critical. District buildings have aged while updates have not kept pace. Simultaneously, we’re experiencing growth of almost 300 students per year, and more space is needed. This combination requires we take action.
Some who oppose the bond say it doesn’t address all needs. But it does affect all areas of the district to enrich learning environments for our students.
Failure will only mean our problems continue. Delay increases the costs of construction. More importantly, our kids will continue to endure sweltering classrooms in buildings that lack air conditioning or be educated in modular, temporary classrooms.
After speaking to school board candidates Ruthina Malone and Janet Godwin they believe, as I, that our kids and teachers require these enhancements. Malone’s passion and integrity along with Godwin’s commitment and knowledge will strengthen the educational system. I feel confident they will bring positive, long-term improvements for the success of all Iowa City Community School District children.
On Sept. 12, I’m voting yes for the bond and these two candidates. I hope you will too.