I am a proud graduate of Ravenna High School and served as a faculty member and coach there for 27 years. During those years, I have encountered many remarkable young people and it was my privilege to have served them. Some are today skilled professionals while others are serving in the labor force. One only has to take a walk by our Hall of Fame in Ravenna High School and see what outstanding achievements past graduates have made.
On Feb. 4, Ravenna voters will have an opportunity to support a 4.9-mill levy. The levy is broken into four parts and will provide funds for permanent improvements to our buildings, increase school safety measures, increase in technology, and reintroduce foreign languages and other programs where cuts were formerly made. If we are to maintain a high quality of education in a quickly changing world, these funds are certainly needed.
If one wants to come up with reasons for not voting for a tax issue, there are a million excuses that an individual can make. However, the stark reality is that there is no magic wand to create funds. Our community needs to step up to the plate and approve this levy for the benefit of our children, the city, and township.
My wife, Lucy, and I will be voting "Yes" for the levy on Feb. 4. We hope that you will join us. The schools are one of the most important assets that we have and we need to show our support as we move forward.
Bruce Ribelin, Ravenna