In support of GISD's bond proposal
by MINDY HAMILTON
Oct 24, 2013 | 887 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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.

Mindy Hamilton
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