It's really simple, Westerville schools spends less per pupil than 12 of 16 school districts in central Ohio. We have one of the lowest ratios of administrators to pupils in the state and our costs are below the state and county average.

To the editor:

It's really simple, Westerville schools spends less per pupil than 12 of 16 school districts in central Ohio. We have one of the lowest ratios of administrators to pupils in the state and our costs are below the state and county average.

On top of that, an independent panel of community leaders and business and financial experts have reviewed expenditures to make sure that tax levy dollars have been spent as promised. The schools have done what they said they were going to do, spend our money wisely and stretch it out till 2011.

Yet with all that prudent financial management, they still managed to earn an "Excellence with Distinction" grade from the state for the quality of the education our kids receive every day. That is an awesome performance.

Bottom line is that Westerville schools has done a great job preparing our kids for life in the real world and they have done a great job getting the most out of my hard earned levy dollars. I am voting for Westerville schools on Nov. 8. I hope you join me.

Mark Hopkins

Westerville

To the editor:

In our form of government, we like to think that when we elect someone to represent us, the person really does that. Think again, especially when it comes to the Westerville school board.

If the board is indeed representing us, board members need to become more taxpayer-friendly and look out for the interests of the taxpayers who foot the bill. It doesn't seem to me they are trying to live within the money available to them. They have plans for what they want and they expect us to pay for it.

How can board members say they represent us when they know there will be a deficit even if the levy passes? They can live within their means if they work with employees for more than just one year to control salaries and benefits. All should recognize that given the choice of no cost of living adjustment but still having a job is preferable for board, the staff, students and most of the taxpayers.

Carol French and Pete Wilms seem to understand this approach so I urge you to cast a vote for each of them on Nov. 8.

David Raun

Westerville

To the editor:

Two Westerville school board candidates, Carol French and Pete Wilms, have backgrounds that will be of immense help to the district.

They have a great deal of experience in education, management and supervision and have worked diligently to make sure that the community is well served. French has been a longtime volunteer with the Westerville Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. She has regularly attended school board meetings and understands the board of education must keep the students, staff and taxpaying citizens in mind when making crucial decisions. Wilms' former job as fire chief for Westerville-Blendon Township has given him a great deal of experience in budgeting and management. He has been active in the community and a regular attendee of school board meetings. He has a strong fiscal background and understands the importance of negotiating that keeps all taxpayers, students and staff in mind. Please vote for Carol French and Pete Wilms for the Westerville Board of Education. They will make sure the fiscal soundness of the schools will be given the utmost consideration.

Susan Fulton

Westerville