I am writing this letter in support of the Upper Arlington school levy.

I wholeheartedly support this levy and am asking all residents to do the same. I am a 1981 graduate of Upper Arlington High School and a parent of six children, five of whom will, by 2018, graduate from the UA schools.

I am currently a teacher at Jones Middle School and the head boys basketball coach at UAHS. I cannot tell you how proud I am to be a longtime resident of this community and to see all the wonderful things our students are afforded by such a caring and supportive learning community.

Our administration has been so transparent throughout this process and has afforded all residents the opportunity to voice their reservations and concerns. Our superintendent, Paul Imhoff, has created a forum for all members of the community to actively participate in forging a path for our schools for the next half-century and beyond.

Please don't sit by idly and withhold your support by stating the old mantra, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Many of our schools have served their useful lives and it is time to give back to future generations so they can be afforded the same great opportunities that we have been afforded.

Yes, it is going to cost us additional dollars, and it would be easy to say, "my kids have graduated or will not be able to experience these changes before they graduate," but I believe this would be selfish and not in the best interest of our community.

We are at a crossroads as a district and by voting "yes" in support of this levy, we will be sending a message that we want our community to remain great for generations to come.

Tim Casey

Upper Arlington