Supporters of the combined levy and bond issue for South-Western City Schools that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot are championing the measure as a "Chance of a Lifetime" opportunity.

Supporters of the combined levy and bond issue for South-Western City Schools that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot are championing the measure as a "Chance of a Lifetime" opportunity.

That might be just a bit of an exaggeration, but it is true that voters in the district have a very real opportunity on Tuesday to make a major difference in the future of the children who attend South-Western City Schools. They are faced with the dilemma so memorably expressed by Robert Frost in his 1915 poem, "The Road Not Taken." It begins:

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

"And sorry I could not travel both

"And be one traveler, long I stood

"And looked down one as far as I could

"To where it bent in the undergrowth;"

"Then took the other, as just as fair,

"And having perhaps the better claim,

"Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

"Though as for that the passing there

"Had worn them really about the same "

The road district officials and Issue 81 supporters want voters to take would involve accessing $206 million in state money, funds derived from the tobacco settlement, to pay for renovating a dozen schools and building 18 new ones. The stick with that particular carrot is that district residents must consent to come up with even more money in matching funds, hence the bond portion of the ballot measure.

In tough economic times, with frightening financial meltdown news arriving hot and heavy on an almost daily basis, SWCS voters might be inclined to take the well-traveled road of avoiding anything that will add to their tax burden. It might feel like the only safe journey to embark upon.

However, The Grove City Record is heartily endorsing Issue 81 because of its promise to bring parity to the district's facilities, the importance of offering improved educational opportunities to children and the economic shot in the arm that would result from the ambitious construction and renovation package. Another major selling point, sad to say, is the improved safety and security the bond money would bring to all of the schools.

As Frost wrote:

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -

"I took the one less traveled by,

"And that has made all the difference."

Voters have the chance to make a very big difference in the future of South-Western City Schools.

It is an opportunity that should be seized now.