I am just a mom that truly cares about our town.
I love all the family activities that are offered like that Father / Daughter dance, Flix on the Falls, Halloween Party and everything in between. These are all great for our children and show that our community cares to bring families together.
But lately, it feels like the kids in our schools aren't getting what they deserve. I constantly hear about the Portage Crossing Project and all the money going into it yet, I am sorry but I don't see any progress going on there. Then I read about a new building being built for the Golf Course in our city, OK, sure.
Now I am hearing that a levy is going to be presented to us residents to vote on which would equal up to revenue of over $11 million dollars in 5 years. Yet, this doesn't include any new schools? So basically our kids still won't get a new school in the next five years? Now, I could be reading what has been released wrong, but I don't see anything saying let's use this money to get our kids new schools. This money would get better technology, fix security issues and get more buses? Yet, even in the article, one of the members of the school board says, "... there are some windows in Cuyahoga Falls schools dating back to 1922 and some boilers from the 1950s..."
Newsflash, ALL OF THE SCHOOLS ARE OLD!
I have a son in 6th grade, next year we will be putting another son in kindergarten and two years after that start our last child in school. I can't even imagine all my children still having to go to the same schools their grandparents went to... and I am not exaggerating. The same schools with the same bathrooms that are so gross, run down and just a shame.
The same classrooms that don't give the teachers the right space, environment or equipment to teach our kids. The kids are cold in the winter, hot when they return to school at the end of summer. The list for every school goes on and on. My son plays on the 6th Grade Travel team for Tiger Basketball and we go to quite a few local school systems to play. We play at Ravenna, NEW SCHOOLS. Akron, NEW SCHOOLS. Barberton, NEW SCHOOLS. Wadsworth, Green, and so on. Our kids walk into these schools and are shocked.
Always asking the same thing, "Why can't we have a school like this?" I constantly hear people complaining that they don't want to spend the extra money on their taxes. Well here is something to think about. Green, the small little city down there by the Canton Akron Airport. In 1996 they opened their brand new High School.
That City has done nothing but grown every year since the new school was built. Houses began to be built, older houses were purchased and fixed up. New companines came in and built (Fed Ex, Target, Summa, Akron General and many more). They now have more new schools, a renovated football stadium, better roads and so on.
People wanted to live there because the schools were a priority and they saw it.
So, why can't our residents see that when a community has great schools, they have great futures? We need new schools that will have the technology in it, the better security and a better overall environment for our kids. How does anyone, even if a person doesn't have kids that live in the community, not want what is best for the future?