To the editor:

To the editor:

I would like to comment on the failure of the community to support the South-Western City Schools levy and the cuts being made.

No one seems to be aware that as of next school year, the elementary schools will no longer have a library available to them on a daily basis. The libraries will be staffed only two or three days each week. Half the personnel will be cut and the other half will be running two school libraries instead of one.

The libraries play a vital part in supporting the students, staff and curriculum of the elementary schools.

As an employee of the district for more than 20 years, I have seen cut after cut made in the library staffing and budget, but still see a rise in book circulation and reading scores. Elementary schools have lost many essential staff members and programs due to past levy failures.

People talk about waste in the schools. Come visit our elementary schools and tell us what we are wasting.

As a coach and parent, I agree that extracurricular activities are a vital part of a well-rounded student. School libraries are essential to a well-educated child.

Anne Gordon

Columbus

To the editor:

How is "no means no" so hard to understand?

After two failed levy attempts, Superintendent Bill Wise said he didn't know what message the community was trying to send. Have any of the school board members and administrators even bothered  to read the local newspapers? 

In letter after letter to the editor, those who voted no said they have no more to give.

I believe that's the message.

In their levy campaign, the district was not forthcoming with information of any kind.  All we heard was what they will cut if the levy doesn't pass. They never addressed the question as to what they're spending it on.

The SWCS board has given away too much to the district's administrators and the three educational associations. That is what's hurting the taxpayers. That's the reason the district pushes unaffordable tax increases.

Instead of demanding more from us, the educational associations need to step up and make some real concessions, not that ridiculous one year wage freeze.

Students are the leverage, not the levy.

Terry Jones

Grove City

To the editor:

It's not news to those who were customers of Massenelli's Cardinal Market that Dominic Massenelli was a businessperson who truly cared about his customers.

What they may not know is that he was a person who truly cared about his community and those less fortunate.

This was never made clearer than when he recently contacted the Grove City Food Pantry and Emergency Services and donated several thousand dollars' worth of meat that would otherwise have been discarded because of his firm going out of business. At a time when most people would have been thinking only of themselves because their family business of 50 years was closing, Dominic Massenelli was thinking of how he could use his misfortune to help others through their tough times.

It's not that difficult to be generous and helpful when times are good, but to have a charitable heart at one of the most challenging times in your life takes true character and a loving heart.

Thank you, Dominic Massenelli, for setting an example of a charitable heart that we should all try to emulate in our lives.

Ron Miller, secretary,

Board of Trustees

Grove City Food Pantry

and Emergency Services Inc.

To the editor:

I will acknowledge, up front, that I held my nose and voted for the recent South-Western City Schools levy.

My sole reason for a yes vote was for the children.

I was in attendance at the recent community meeting held at Central Crossing High School. In my view, nothing positive or constructive could or did come from this meeting. As the meeting unfolded it soon became apparent the meeting was an exercise.

The school administration, and I must assume the school board, did not really want any community input as demonstrated by the attitude displayed. Questions from the audience were not dealt with as one would expect and deserve from our school leaders, suggestions were summarily pushed aside, no previous decisions could or would be revisited, etc.

In other words, folks, a plan is in place and will be implemented regardless.

South-Western City Schools is at a crossroads. Regardless of the outcome of the August election this school district's communities must take a long, hard look at their school board and the direction they are taking our schools.

Present times demand bold, creative, flexible and credible leaders. South-Western City Schools deserves no less.

Richard C. Rutherford

Grove City

To the editor:

Once again, the South-Western City Schools administration and Board of Education don't seem to get it.

The voters have told them there is no more money to be had, yet they are going to put the issue on the ballot again.

Most of us, families and businesses alike, when faced with a finite amount of income simply adjust our expenses. SWCS, however, seems to think they are better than the rest of us. They believe that, like a spoiled child, they can keep throwing their tantrums until everyone finally gives in.

The most frustrating part to parents, students and citizens alike is the constant blackmail tactics they use to get their way. There are many ways that extracurricular activities could be funded. Unfortunately for us, taking away extracurricular activities is the biggest threat SWCS has to hold over our heads.

The real problem here is poor management skills.

My friends, it is time we stood up to the board and administration and put them in their place. It is time we tell them to learn how to manage or get out of the way so we can put someone in there who can.

Len Stayton

Galloway