There are three big misconceptions floating around town about Issue 51, the Upper Arlington school levy.

To the Editor:

There are three big misconceptions floating around town about Issue 51, the Upper Arlington school levy. Please allow me to set the record straight, so you can make the right decision and vote yes on Issue 51 on Nov. 6.

First: If the levy does not pass, then our schools will continue to function as is with the same services, staff and programs that we have now. Not true. Even with existing budget cuts and teachers and administrators accepting pay freezes and taking on more insurance costs, there will be changes because the income gained from the 2007 levy cannot keep up with inflation, a $3.6-million cut in state funding and an explosion in student enrollment.

Second: I don't need to vote as the school levy will pass regardless if I go to the polls. Not true. In 2004, the levy passed by 58 percent. In 2007, it passed by only 55 percent. Now more than ever, community members need to stand firm in support of our schools' programs, their excellence nd their achievements. Issue 51 is about keeping our community and schools strong and the envy of central Ohio

Third: Our school board and administrators are spendthrifts. Not true. The normal three-year cycle should have brought a levy to the ballot in 2010. Thanks to our fiscally responsible school board and district leaders, they said no in 2010 and again in 2011 -- the budget cuts and pay freezes were accepted to make a two-year levy extension possible.

Our school district is very responsible with its finances and only goes to voters for additional support when it absolutely has to.

For even more information, get the facts at ualevy.org and join me in voting "yes" on 51.

Margaret Kennedy
Upper Arlington