In the debate of Issue 2 many have had their say - schools officials, business owners, students and even Jim Tressel.

In the debate of Issue 2 many have had their say - schools officials, business owners, students and even Jim Tressel.

Several district moms also want to speak.

"I could probably come up with 1,000 reasons why we should support this levy," said Mary Payne, mother of four children enrolled in South-Western schools.

Payne said she has a 14-year-old daughter headed to Grove City High School as a freshman this fall. Her daughter made the school's marching band, Payne said, but her daughter's aspiration to play in the band at Friday night football games might not come to fruition.

Also, if the Aug. 4 levy attempt fails, Payne's daughter will have to find a way to school other than riding a bus. Services for busing already have been cut. They could be restored for the most part if the levy passes.

Amy Dawson, a mother of two, has a 14-year-old daughter going into Grove City High School as well.

She said busing will be a "big challenge" and "huge problem" that will impact every parent in the district.

Payne said lack of high school busing will increase the number of private drivers on the road. She said more high school students will carpool with each other, which will pose safety hazards in the winter when conditions are less favorable for inexperienced drivers.

She said some youngsters just won't go to school if they have trouble finding a ride.

"That's just the reality - kids are not going to do it," she said.

Teachers, librarians and tutors could be let go if the levy fails.

Meredith Ervin, a mother of two, said her 11-year-old daughter, who is going into Galloway Ridge this fall, used to have a math tutor.

The tutor's job "is gone," she said. "Believe me, she helped my daughter out so much."

Ervin said with reduced staff positions, students will have to get used to larger class sizes. With more students and fewer teachers, unruly behavior likely will become more of a problem and distract from lessons, she added.

Payne said the librarian working at J.C Sommer Elementary School will have to work at two schools because the levy failed in May. The loss affected her children, who she said really enjoyed their time with the librarian.

She said now the librarian is split between two schools and will have less time to spend with children to possibly "spark a love of reading" in them.

"When did reading become expendable?" she asked. "Every teacher and staff member can make a difference in a kid's life."

Dawson said teachers have left "an indelible mark" on the lives of her daughters.

"My daughters have had such outstanding teachers," she said.

Also, she said the loss of a job in the school district means the loss of a job in the community.

"And none of us want to see people in our community lose their jobs," she said.

The moms had concerns with the loss of extracurricular activities and the closing of schools after the regular school day. They said cutting such programs will give children too much idle time.

"That's a huge concern of ours," Dawson said. "It is the most stressful thing as a parent to have to worry about how to take care of your children before and after school."

She said children whose parents both work will be home alone after school.

"They're going to find ways to entertain themselves and I don't think the community's going to agree with what they're doing," Dawson said.

More free time will be a problem for parents who can watch their children as well, Payne said.

"In a joking manner, I would say anybody that would vote 'no' should spend a whole day with teenagers that have nothing to do," she said.

Ervin said the loss of extracurricular activities will "affect the entire environment of our schools." The schools will be "desolate" and "depressing," she added.

"They're not even going to have a yearbook," Ervin said. "This is (my daughter's) senior year. She should be looking forward to prom and homecoming (dances)."

Payne, Dawson and Ervin said they are willing to change their priorities and get a second job if necessary to afford the kind of education they want for their children.

Ervin said she would pay an additional $19.52 in property taxes per month if the levy passes, about the amount it would cost for her family to eat pizza one night each month.

"I will skip a pizza," she said. "My family will not buy a pizza once a month."

She said she will vote for the levy.

"It's about doing what's right for the long-term benefit of every student, and overall, the community," Dawson said. "I will do whatever it takes to make sure we have the best education for the children of our community."

She said she will vote for the levy.

"Any, any and I mean any amount of money spent toward education is a worthwhile sacrifice," Payne said.

She also said she also will vote for the levy.

The moms contacted The Grove City Record after seeing the front page of the July 23 newspaper.

They disputed statements made during a South-Western Alternatives to Taxes meeting held July 16.