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LETTER: New buildings needed to support 21st century education in Tallmadge

Published: August 28, 2016 12:00 AM

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readers are likely aware, the Tallmadge City School District will have two issues on the ballot in the upcoming November election.

I would like to thank all of the people who have been involved in this process so far, as their input has been invaluable. Over the past two years, the district's Building Our Future effort has worked to develop phase two of the facilities master plan. After a thorough review of all data collected in the community poll that the district conducted in the spring, we are now providing our residents an opportunity to vote on both the academic and athletic aspects of the plan they created. Everyone who participated in the poll, focus groups, meetings or in any other way has been extremely helpful to the schools. We are dedicated to being fiscally responsible with the funds we receive from our community, and it is wonderful that our residents are just as dedicated to helping us plan for the future of our community's children.

While we have worked hard to maintain all of our buildings, they do not support the technology that our students need to develop necessary, 21st century skills, nor do they support best teaching practices, like the ability to collaborate. The 3.9-mill bond issue would consolidate the district's primary, elementary and middle school buildings into two buildings on one campus, a K-5 building and a 6-8 building. The 0.9-mill bond issue will pay for the relocation of the high school athletic facilities to the high school campus.

Again, thank you to those who have been involved in this process so far, as their input has been invaluable. Our district is very pleased to know that it is located in such a caring community.

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Jennifer Justice-Carter, Tallmadge Board of

Education member

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