Fifty-two years after graduating from Mogadore High School and having worked in eight different educational institutions in four states, I write here to encourage readers to support with a "Yes" vote on May 6 the very best public school system which I know. I pray daily, and I include every time a thank you to God for having been raised in Mogadore and having attended 12 years of schooling in a safe, tight-knit, friendly community where traditional values and high-quality schools are priorities.
Most people realize that the best financial and social investment one can make is in schooling and education. One's income and quality of life are directly related to his/her quality and quantity of formal schooling and education. High quality education is not free, and it cannot be taken for granted. In Ohio, school quality is directly linked to community support. Yes, taxes are going up while many of our incomes are declining. What we cannot allow to decline is the quality of our school-community relationships and the nature of our premier activities. The choice is yours. Invest in your schools or the whole quality of life in Mogadore will decline.
I returned from 14 years in southern California to northeast Ohio and to the Mogadore area because I missed family, the four seasons, and the quality and nature of life in the Mogadore area. I immediately re-established ties with Mogadore Schools, and I have been influential in the development of the Mogadore Schools Alumni Foundation. This Foundation provides college-university scholarships to deserving graduates.
This Foundation urges reader support of the May 6 levy. We do not want to reduce bus services, limit the use of our high school Community Room, institute pay-to-play in our athletic programs, or do what other schools have been forced to do when operating funds dry up. The cost of educational products and services are going up, but let us not shortchange the children in our Mogadore Schools while supporting other aspects of living today less critical in our long-term well-being and success.
Dr. John P. Sikula, Ph.D. Ashland
Sikula was Mogadore High School class president, 1960-62, and is immediate past president of the Mogadore Schools Alumni Foundation.