A vote for Farwell’s bond is an investment in the future

April 25, 2019

Dear Editor, as someone who was born and raised in Farwell, graduated from Farwell Schools and chose to stay in my hometown while attending college, and one day has the dream of being a teacher at Farwell Elementary School. I remain hopeful about our community’s future. Now I know that in order for Farwell to have a bright future our schools must also be successful.

On May 7 residents in the Farwell Area Schools district will have the opportunity to cast their vote and impact the future of not only our schools, but the greater Farwell community as well. I will be voting yes, and I urge others to do so too.

The reality is many of our school buildings and facilities have been deteriorating for years – long before I was a student. The district’s limited resources simply haven’t afforded the ability to adequately fund all the district’s needs. Decisions were made to prioritize education and fund our classrooms. A decision I am personally grateful for.

However, failing to invest in our buildings and facilities only leads to greater costs down the road and simply is not sustainable. We’re certainly seeing that now. The elementary school’s 32-year old boiler system, which has long exceeded its useful life, is a great example. It would cost the equivalent of 11 teachers’ salaries to be replaced, and that’s just one of a very long list of infrastructure needs.

We all need to realize that the time has come when Farwell Schools’ building and infrastructure needs can no longer be put off. They’re costing the school district precious dollars in emergency repairs and inefficiencies and they’re putting the safety and well-being of the students and the school district at risk.

The proposal on the ballot will allow our district to make critical improvements to our school buildings and facilities, making them safe and secure for the students, staff and community members who use them. It will also allow the district to establish a maintenance plan with a capital improvements fund to protect against this scenario in the future.

A vote for the Farwell Schools bond proposal is an investment in the future of our schools and in our community. Please join me in voting yes on May 7th!

Jillian Yule
Class of 2018

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