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Letter to Editor

School bond reasons from a teacher

April 04, 2012 - Dear Editor,

As a teacher of 24 years in the Clarkston Schools and VP of the CEA, I am in full support of the upcoming bond election. As an employee, former CCS parent, and citizen I followed the process that resulted in this decision.

I whole-heartedly trust the judgement of my leaders and I believe in their vision and thorough review of all possible options, that this is the best and most prudent strategy to move our school district further into the 21st century.

The timing may not be ideal, but often times if you wait for the right time, the window has shut on your opportunity.

The bond will provide needed building upgrades that will improve their safety and energy efficiency as well as update the schools for wireless internet access and provide the tools with which to learn the skills necessary to succeed in a global society. Granted, our buildings currently operate sufficiently and we do have access to technology, but in order to keep up with the rapidly changing world we are preparing our students for, these further changes and improvements are needed. And I think it's safe to say the costs of these necessary upgrades will only continue to rise.

The citizens of our community are once again being asked to invest a bit more of their hard-earned money to their school district, but I have to believe this investment will pay off ten-fold in the long run.

This bond election is not only an investment in the future of the Clarkston Schools, but also the entire community. Real estate values and prospective home-buyers are greatly influenced by the quality of the local school district, so this bond is an investment in the future of all the citizens of Clarkston. I encourage you to consider this when you got to vote on May 8.

Paul Sabbag

Sashabaw Middle School teacher

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