As a father of two school-age children, I moved my family into Upper Arlington based on the excellent reputation of the schools and community.

To the Editor:

As a father of two school-age children, I moved my family into Upper Arlington based on the excellent reputation of the schools and community.

It is because of this I read with great interest about the contingency plan if our UA school levy does not pass on Nov. 5. I appreciate our district and school board for communicating this early and so transparently with residents.

Coming off the last election, it is clear that our schools are responsive to voters. The majority voting in that election wanted leaner costs and excellent results. Our board listened to the voters and in response has done quite a bit.

The last levy loss hurt. We lost 30 teachers and staff and our schools made numerous other reductions that will reduce the budget by $13.4 million over the next four years. Our teachers have done their part, too, by accepting salary and benefit changes that will help save $4.5 million over a four-year period.

All of this should give us pause. We cannot cut our way to continued excellence.

If this levy fails, the stakes are high. We face $6 million in further cuts over the next two years. What does $6 million represent? Approximately 68 teachers and other staff who are a critical part of the excellence in our schools.

If this levy loses, then we all lose. If we fail, the need to pass a levy for operating dollars does not go away. Waiting until next year only makes it more costly for everyone. That means we get even less and pay more.

I hope this community will see how responsive our district is and join our family in supporting Issue 52. Our schools get results. Excellence does matter and excellence is exactly what we have come to value in UA.

Rocky Blauser
Upper Arlington