Northridge Local Schools have arrived at an arrangement to try and satisfy the concerns of the voters as well as the education and well roundedness of its students. The well roundedness of a student is 60% classes and 40% socialization, sports, and other extra-curricular activities.

To the editor:

Northridge Local Schools have arrived at an arrangement to try and satisfy the concerns of the voters as well as the education and well roundedness of its students. The well roundedness of a student is 60% classes and 40% socialization, sports, and other extra-curricular activities.

When the levy did not pass in May 2011, the school was between a rock and a hard place. There were no longer any funds available to allocate to extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. These activities include everything the children do outside the classroom, such as marching band, vocalize, Vo-Ag, sports, musicals, National Honor Society, Power of the Pen, etc.

In addition to these cuts, a number of academic classes were also eliminated, as were 17 job positions. Due to these cuts, many students were seeking alternate schooling through the open enrollment process and through private education.

With each child who left Northridge schools, the school would lose additional revenue, since state funding follows the student. With that monetary loss, the school would then most likely have to cut additional classes and teaching positions. Inevitably, more students would then leave and with them additional funding.

The downward spiral of the district would continue on this path until the point of no return. With the downfall of the school, property values in this district would also plummet.

In an effort to help sustain the district and to prevent this downward spiral, the sport boosters presented a plan to the school board where positive activities and experiences would still remain available to the students. The plan is one of "private funding."

For those students who would want to participate in a sport or academic club, a pay-to-participate fee would be set. Currently for sports, the pay to participate fee for next year is sat at $500. There will be work opportunities extended to student athletes who can work in a program in order to earn their $500.

Unfortunately, notwithstanding this fee, additional funding will still be necessitated. Thus, funding will become paramount.

Any future levies that are passed will be totally devoted to academics and teaching and administrative staffing. By agreeing to the private funding concept, it is clear that the district has listened to the voters, as well as to the students. For the students, positive outlets will still be provided for their growth and well-being. For the taxpayer, the district is exerting every effort to run the school as efficiently as possible and at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayer.

Unfortunately, however, levies remain a reality as long as the state government refuses to rectify the way schools are funded. The method for funding schools in the state of Ohio was declared unconstitutional in 1997. We have been waiting approximately 15 years for the state to remedy this travesty.

The education and well-being of our children should be of utmost concern for all those in our district. These are the very children who will grow into adulthood and have voting rights on issues which are close to our hearts. Have we shown these children the importance of community and the importance of caring for one another? Or have we instead raised these children who will selfishly only care about their own interests.

"Education is more than a luxury; it is a responsibility that society oust itself." Robin Cook

"It is greater work to educate a child, in the true and larger sense of the word, than to rule a state." William Ellery Channing

Kathy Miller Trimble
Johnstown