Not funding our schools hurts our children, schools

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My name is Sara Pyle. I am PTO president at Northside Elementary and the proud parent of a third grader and a three year old. I entrust the education of my children to LPOSD and do all that I can to support our school and our district.

Nothing is more central in my life then my children and their education. Because of this I will stand by the district every couple of years to do all I can to gain the funding they need through the levy, but why? Why do we have to fight so hard to fund education? This is a levy for maintenance and operations. This is nothing new and fancy, just the funds to cover regular expenses. This is a levy that has been approved for the past 20 years in a row! But every two years we still have to push and encourage everyone to get out there and vote. We have to battle the naysayers to keep them from hurting the funding that runs our schools. I believe that everyone has a right to their own opinions (even when I donít agree with them), but fighting against funding our public schools is NOT the way to enact change. Not funding our schools hurts our children and our amazing staff (no, really, they are amazing, spend a day with a teacher and youíll see).

I highly encourage everyone to get out and vote yes November 5th to allow the existing approved levy to continue for an indefinite term (donít worry, any changes will still go through the voting process). Then we can all get back to spending time with our children and stop worrying about convincing voters.

SARA PYLE

Sandpoint

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