I wanted to take the opportunity to speak in support of GISD’s bond proposal. As a parent of five children in the Gilmer school system, I feel that this is a necessary action to take to continue the great tradition of excellence that our community has come to know and expect.
Not only are our children the hope of our future, but they are our community’s treasure of the present. We should want our children to have facilities that are safe, clean, and conducive to learning. Don’t we want the best for our children?
This proposed bond is in the best interest of our children. It is hard to learn and excel when you are dodging a leaky roof, when classrooms and science labs are not large enough to accommodate learning, when restroom facilities are not adequate for the number of students enrolled, and when the ability to offer dual credit courses to our students through local community colleges is impeded by facility limitations.
Those who do not have children or grandchildren in the school system may not feel that they have a stake in this proposal, but that could not be further from the truth.
Research shows that successful schools promote successful communities. Better facilities that enhance the learning of our children attract those who are seeking excellence for their children.
Attracting these families benefits our businesses, churches, service organizations, and the reputation that identifies who we are as a community. Anytime we can make improvements to our school district, whether through academics, athletics, extra-curricular activities, or by improving our facilities, it is our obligation to our children and to the future of our community to support these improvements wholeheartedly.
By REBEL JACKSON
I too am writing in regards to the upcoming bond election. For those of you who know me, I don’t think it comes as any surprise that I am in favor of the construction of new facilities. I travel a lot with my job, and therefore have an opportunity to see many different places. With each new town that I visit, I always make it a point to go and look at their schools and facilities.
In my opinion, that in and of itself speaks volumes about a community. As a lifelong resident of Gilmer, I feel strongly that we are a town with a great amount of pride, a town that is very supportive of our students, teachers and programs and a town that genuinely cares for one another. What better way to illustrate that than passing this bond.
I am certain that the decision to build a new school in 1951 did not come without debate, and it isn’t now. But, I am certain that the right decision was made then, and hope we will do the same. I certainly understand and appreciate the concerns that others may have in regards to the spending, but my question is if not now then when. Things certainly are not getting any cheaper, and our problems are not going away.
This is our town, our kids, and our opportunity to create an environment that will have a positive impact on many lives for many years to come. I am very appreciative of the academic and athletic facilities that were provided to me and members of my family through the years, and hope years from now others will be appreciative of the facilities that we have provided for them.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Mirror will, of course, print the viewpoints of those on the other side of this issue. No such viewpoint has been submitted to date. Letters endorsing or opposing candidates, parties or issues during election campaigns are usually not published. That’s why The Mirror is printing these as opinion editorials rather than as letters to the editor. This exception will not be made for next year’s election.