March 27, 2015
Hello Ann Arbor Community,
When we consider the importance of quality schools in a community, we know right away the critical role of excellent school systems to develop our children academically and socially. We recognize the value of our community schools as they graduate generations of our children and produce citizens who will serve and lead our community, our country, and our world. In considering our quality schools in Ann Arbor, we know the Ann Arbor name represents an exceptional education; our current students, alumni, and our community are evidence of the excellence embodied in the name: Ann Arbor Public Schools.
The physical environment of our schools plays a critical role in supporting a safe, productive, and positive experience for our students and, coming up on May 5th, we have a wonderful opportunity, with no increase to our current tax rate, to renew our Ann Arbor Public Schools learning environment in the following ways:
- acquire new school busses, upgraded with GPS and security equipment,
- replace & enhance playgrounds at elementary schools,
- remodel for more secure school entrances,
- purchase additional musical instruments, and upgrade performing arts facilities,
- renew athletic fields, and
- replace classroom furniture.
Functional, well-maintained, and high-performing schools are a top indicator of the health and vibrancy of a community; the presence of quality public schools prove a ‘pulse point’ within a city and across a community. Schools are a primary attraction for relocation to the area and directly impact real estate values. Investing in maintaining our physical properties is both a community priority and our shared responsibility. Keeping our schools updated, in sound working order, and ensuring they are sustainable places to deliver education, both for today’s students and for the generations to come, pays forward the public trust that has been provided to us by those who came before. The responsible caretaking of our school buildings is an important priority in ensuring that we continue the legacy of quality that is characteristic of Ann Arbor.
I know we are proud of our Ann Arbor students, our beautiful school buildings, and the important role they serve within our vibrant Ann Arbor community.
Please join me in voting YES on May 5th to support the continuation of this important bond issue. Our children are counting on us.
Jeanice K. Swift