In an election season filled with messaging overload, please at least momentarily focus on the issue that will directly affect the quality of the community and economy in New Albany.

To the Editor:

In an election season filled with messaging overload, please at least momentarily focus on the issue that will directly affect the quality of the community and economy in New Albany.

Issue 50 is a bond and levy request that is vital to the health of both our schools and our property values.

Reasonable people can disagree about what constitutes a "fair" teacher contract or regarding how many pieces of construction paper is of acceptable use in a classroom.

Frustrated people can hope to speak out against the school funding system in Ohio by voting no to any and all funding requests.

Community members can philosophize as to the methodology of educating our students in a changing world.

But there are facts on which we can all agree that make supporting Issue 50 the right choice.

* We are 700 students over capacity in the district, with more coming. Where are we to educate them?

* The Win-Win portion of our school district has always been in our school system and will remain so. Suggesting the solution to our capacity problems is sending these students to another district is not a legitimate solution. Also, contrary to what some believe, the school tax rate for all district taxpayers is the same. Win-Win residents do not pay a lower rate.

* NAPLS compares favorably to other area schools in cost-per-pupil analysis. We are dead on the Franklin County average and less than other similar high performing districts.

I believe these facts speak for themselves and ask you to join me in voting for Issue 50 on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Christy Arenschield
New Albany