Forty-five miles southeast from Cleveland, where the City Council recently agreed to contribute $2 million per year in public funds toward the upgrades at FirstEnergy Stadium, the Ravenna community's school district is asking (for the second time) for a 4.9-mill levy, which equates to only $1.5 million per year, which will go toward educating the children of this community. On Feb. 4, this community has a second chance to make the right decision at the voting booth, and our future depends on it.
Few people desire to support an issue that will impact their wallet, and that point is easily understood. Levies, though, cannot be looked at as a tax, and should instead be viewed as an investment towards our future. In 13 years, what will our response be to a kindergartner who asks why they were not provided a top-notch education? In 25 years, what will our response be when our nation's workforce is decades behind other countries around the world? Currently, our community, our state and our nation's future depends not on the children, but on the adults.
I will be forever indebted to the Ravenna school district for providing me the education and the tools to succeed in my career and in my education after graduation. During my Master's program at the Naval Postgraduate School, I found that I was far ahead of my peers in my writing ability and analytical ability. Currently, as an MBA student in one of the top business programs in the country, at the University of Notre Dame, I have once again found that my math skills and overall ability in the classroom is far beyond that of my classmates.
We owe the children of our community the same education that I received, and while it may have an immediate impact on your wallet, the impact a "Yes" vote will have on the futures of our children will, like me, be immeasurable.
South Bend, Ind.