In The News Review, May 12, 2020, the editorial board of our community paper of record makes several statements regarding the School Bond Levy for Roseburg Public Schools. (see excerpt at the bottom)
- The editors agree the bond will create jobs.
- The editors agree the bond will make the area more attractive for prospective residents.
- The editors agree the bond will help create a workforce capable of tackling the 21st century’s complex and technologically-advanced problems.
- The editors agree that investing in education is critical in maintaining a strong community.
But, according to the editors, “2020 just isn’t the year.”
However, as we tell our children continually, it is never the wrong time to do the right thing.
To claim we cannot fulfill our duty to our own children because “2020 just isn’t the year,” is short-sighted thinking, not to mention just plain foolish.
The central theme of the School Bond Levy is safety and security for our children, not creating jobs or attracting new, educated residents. Those are just residual effects of a community who serves its own children, creating home-grown talent and intellect.
To claim we cannot fulfill our duty to our own children because “2020 just isn’t the year,” is short-sighted thinking, not to mention just plain foolish. If a parents find themselves with less free time, do they say they cannot play, talk, or read to their kids? Of course not. A good parent understands that investing in their kids is their most important responsibility, and they make the important, essential things in life happen.
In the first few months of our current crisis, the Roseburg Public School Board of Directors became that parent who realizes the most important responsibility they have is in making the essential things in life happen for their children, and the most essential responsibility the school board, and our community, has is to create a safe and secure learning environment so that our kids can “tackle the complex and technologically-advanced problems of this world.”
That decision to keep the Bond on the ballot was not an easy one, but it was not a risk. Rather it was a duty and responsibility to our community’s children and to our community’s families.
The News Review, of all community institutions, should understand that need as much as any institution who purports to bring information to the public, to educate citizens about issues and concerns. Yet, “2020 just isn’t that year?”
The taxes on this bond will not be levied until November 2021, 18 months from now.
Does the year 2021 work? Or does our community postpone doing the right thing because it is seldom the perfect time?
Micki Hall, Member of the Roseburg Public Schools Board of Directors & Vote YES for Roseburg Schools PAC
The News Review, May 12, 2020, Editorial Opinion:
“Supporters of the bond say it will boost the economy by creating jobs, making the area more attractive for prospective residents, and creating a workforce capable of tackling the 21st century’s complex and technologically-advanced problems…And for the most part, the supporters are right…Investing in education early and often is critical in maintaining a strong community … Unfortunately, 2020 just isn’t the year.”