I've lived in Upper Arlington most of my adult life. I've raised my children here and educated them in our schools and in the past, I've voted for many a school levy.

To the editor:

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In the fall of 2007, we actively followed the UA schools levy campaign.

I'm not a finance person, nor do I have a background in academic administration. We have two kids in the district and a concern about our out-of-pocket expenses.

We want our kids, all kids in the community, to be provided with an excellent education and want our house to increase in value, or at least maintain its value.

In 2007, we wanted to be confident in our decision to support the levy. One of the commitments we remember hearing school leaders make was to reduce costs while seeking out alternative revenue sources. Impressed by that commitment and the district's demonstrated experience in finance and school administration, we supported the levy in 2007.

In 2010, we were again impressed when the UA school board announced that the district was able to extend the typical three-year levy cycle to five years.

I can't say that I understand school funding much more now than I did then I did five years ago, but it seems clear that the Upper Arlington schools have proven to be fiscally efficient. Otherwise, we would have seen this levy on the ballot in 2010.

Houses in our neighborhood are selling and our schools are excellent. We're glad that we supported the levy in 2007.

We do have confidence in our schools, and based on what the district has accomplished over the past five years, trust its ability to continue to deliver an excellent education while being fiscally responsible.

It's our responsibility to support the 2012 levy so that this trend of excellence continues. Please join us in voting yes on Issue 51.

Kate and Kevin Diday
Upper Arlington