Farwell grad says he is grateful for the experience, urges yes vote

September 7, 2019

Dear Editor:

I am a recent graduate of Farwell High School. I have autism and I am very proud to have graduated with my diploma. I am grateful for the experience I had at Farwell for the last two years of school, as this was the fourth school district I’ve attended. I suppose that experience gives me a good context to appreciate what a great school district we have.

In my opinion, it’s the staff and the supporting environment at Farwell Schools that really make it stand out. They’ve invested in great teachers to help all the students learn and succeed, and the families are very involved. (I know my mom and dad volunteer at school all the time.) I think that investment is why our test scores are better, but it’s not like they’re paying our teacher’s outrageous salaries. They earn less than the state average.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out where they’ve had to cut back. The Farwell Schools buildings aren’t as nice as the other districts I’ve attended. It’s sad to say, but a previous long-term plan was not put into place to help with the much-needed repairs that the district is currently dealing with. The roofs leak, some of the floors are warped, and the heating system needs constant repair. The list just goes on and on.  

As I said, I’ve graduated, and this does not affect me. I do have a younger brother in the high school and another in the elementary school though, and I think they deserve better. Really all the kids at Farwell do.
On November 5th, please vote yes on the new Farwell Schools bond proposal!
 
Sincerely,
Zachary Breckenridge 
2019 Farwell grad

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