School repair costs are mounting

To the editor:

As a lifelong Amherst resident, a parent, and an educator, I am very passionate about providing the best education possible to our students. We have phenomenal teachers in our Amherst schools but our buildings do not meet the needs of 21st century education.

I’m voting for Issue 21 because I want teachers to have the most up-to-date resources and classrooms possible when they teach our kids. But Issue 21 is good for kids and our community. Our elementary buildings are expensive to maintain. If we do not replace Powers and Harris elementary schools now, emergency repair costs will only increase and eventually require a tax increase. We have an opportunity to do better. Issue 21 saves us from these costs, the new building will not raise taxes and the state will pay for 45 percent of the project!

I am so proud to be part of a community that is so supportive of our schools and so willing to invest in our community’s future. I hope you will all join me in voting for Issue 21 on Nov. 8!

Sarah Kucbel

Campaign Manager, Issue 21