School levy more than a tax -- it's an investment

Wednesday April 24, 2013 8:33 PM

To the Editor:

Our family moved to Delaware 11 years ago, and over that time we have witnessed Delaware transform into a community that we are proud to call home. While other communities have struggled in recent years, Delaware has kept progressively moving forward: the schools are rated "Excellent with Distinction," home values are increasing and people are moving into our wonderful community.

However, growth does not come without challenges. Our schools are running out of classroom space for our children. Delaware City Schools has not constructed new space in more than 12 years, and in that time we have added nearly 1,400 new students. Many of the current school buildings already exceed their designed capacity, forcing the schools to utilize trailers and hallways as additional educational places. With growth projections of 500 new students over the next 10 years, Delaware needs to address this very real issue in order to continue to provide our children the quality education we have come to expect.

The proposed bond issue on May 7 is our opportunity to ensure that Delaware schools continue to be a place of quality education and a shining example to other school districts. The bond issue will provide nearly $50 million to help renovate and make additions to existing school facilities. This will include construction of additional classrooms, security upgrades and traffic improvements. Money from this bond can only be used for these improvements and will only cost the average resident an additional $5 to $10 per month.

As Delaware residents, we don't view this new bond as another inconvenient tax, but rather as an investment in the future of our children and our community. Let's not take a step backward. Please help our schools, our children and our city to continue to move forward, and vote "yes" for the bond issue on May 7.

Mike and Nancy Smudz