TAHLEQUAH DAILY PRESS —
Of the list of needs, Boyle believes all are important.
“The buses have high mileage and are worn out,” he said. “The cafeteria at Greenwood was built to serve 300 kids, and they’re serving 600, and the cafeteria at the high school is completely inadequate.”
Boyle pointed out the Legislature had no plans to increase school funding, and the money is going to have to come from somewhere.
“Somehow, we’re going to have to take up the slack, or we’re not going to be able to move forward to educate the children,” said Boyle.
TPS Board Member Luke Foster is in favor of both measures.
“I have been aware of this issue for some time and have known that Tahlequah would be given an opportunity to approve a new bond issue for the public schools in April of next year,” said Foster. “The recent reduction in state support for our schools coupled with the national economic downturn has heightened my awareness of the importance of this bond as well as the sales tax.”
Foster views this opportunity in April and May as a turning point for the community.
“Many good things are happening in the district right now, and I believe that if we are to continue to improve and become a model school district, we are going to need funding,” he said. “Both the bond and the tax will provide the funding necessary to continue this good work. If either fails, we face a standstill, which leads almost immediately to a decline.”
Foster hopes voters will view both opportunities as an investment in both the schools and the community.
“A healthy school district encourages a healthy community and vice versa,” he said. “How important it is, especially in this current time, for citizens in this community to invest in something that has lasting value. There is so much to gain if we succeed, but there is also so much to lose if we fail. Let’s make the right choice, even if it isn’t easy to do.”